HOME-made for Edinburgh

Published: 28 July 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Red Dust Road

Manchester’s HOME arts centre has created a number of shows to be performed at this year’s Edinburgh Festivals, with productions in both the International event and the Festival Fringe.

One is the world première of poet and writer Jackie Kay’s memoir Red Dust Road, co-produced with National Theatre of Scotland. She navigates the challenges of growing up as a mixed-race adopted Scot. The National Poet for Scotland is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Red Dust Road plays at the Lyceum, August 14–18, followed by a short tour of Scotland, before playing at HOME September 11-21. (Jackie Kay spoke to the BTG podcast about this production in May.)

Other shows either produced or commissioned by HOME going to Edinburgh are Class (Assembly, July 31 to August 26), Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran (Traverse Theatre, August 1–25), SWIM (Pleasance Courtyard July 31 to August 26), the accident did not take place (Pleasance Courtyard, July 31 to August 26) and Roots (Church Hill Theatre, August 9–25, which plays at HOME for Christmas 2019.

In addition, HOME co-produced shows The Believers Are But Brothers is at the Assembly George Square Studios, August 19–24, and Typical is at the Pleasance Courtyard, July 31 to August 25.