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This Is Memorial Device, Edinburgh International Book Festival

Please note that this show will take place at The Wee Red Bar at Edinburgh International Book Festival: Venue 506

Featured in The Guardian's 'Edinburgh festival 2022: 50 shows to see', The Times' 'Top 40 shows to see at Edinburgh Festival 2022' and Time Out's 'What to see at Edinburgh Fringe and EIF 2022: 15 of the best theatre shows'.

 Adapted and directed by Graham Eatough, from the novel by David Keenan.

On festival nights, we present a brand new play starring Paul Higgins, based on David Keenan’s novel, This Is Memorial Device. The fictional history of 1980s Airdrie’s mysterious, post-punk legends, Memorial Device, Keenan’s novel has developed a huge cult following. This stage adaptation is a gloriously hallucinatory journey back into the hopes and dreams of early adulthood. Adapted and directed by Graham Eatough and produced by the Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh International Book Festival, This Is Memorial Device features music and sound design by Stephen Pastel and Gavin Thomson.


This Is Memorial Device is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Edinburgh International Book Festival. Developed with the support of the Stephen W Dunn Theatre Fund.

Cast and Credits


Paul Higgins Ross Raymond

Mary Gapinksi in a filmed performance as Miriam McCluskie
Sanjeev Kohli in a filmed performance as David Kilpatrick
Julie Wilson Nimmo in a filmed performance as Andrea Anderson
Gabriel Quigley in a filmed performance as Monica Lawson
Martin Quinn in a recorded audio performance as Big Patty

Adapted and directed by Graham Eatough, from the novel by David Keenan. 
Set & Costume Designer Anna Orton
Sound Design Gavin Thomson
Video Designer Martin Clark
Lighting Designer Nigel Edwards
Music by Stephen Pastel and Gavin Thompson
Producer Neil Murray
Movement Director Kally Lloyd-Jones
Graphics Props Yedsy

Dates, Times & Prices

13 - 29 August 2022

£16 PREVIEW, 3.30pm / 8.30pm
Saturday 13 - Monday 15 August 

Monday 15 - Tuesday 16 August 

EVENINGS, 8.30pm
Monday - Sunday (excluding Wednesday)
£19.50 - £22

Running time: 1hr 30min


Monday 22 August, 8.30pm

Tuesday 23 August, 8.30pm

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