Memoir makes it to the stage

Published: 27 January 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Red Dust Road

September sees the National Theatre of Scotland and HOME co-production of the world première of Red Dust Road, Jackie Kay’s memoir of growing up as a mixed-race adopted Scot.

Adapted for the stage by Tanika Gupta, Red Dust Road opens at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival before playing at HOME and then touring to the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling and the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness in autumn.

From the moment when, as a little girl, she realises that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her Highland mother and Nigerian father birth parents, Jackie Kay’s journey is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions.

First published in 2010, Red Dust Road won the Scottish Book of the Year Award in 2011.