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Red Dust Road

“You are made up from a mixture of myth and gene. You are part fable, part porridge”

Growing up in ’70s Scotland as the adopted mixed-race child of a Communist couple, young Jackie blossomed into an outspoken, talented poet. Then she decided to find her birth parents…

From Nairn to Lagos, Red Dust Road takes you on a journey full of heart, humour and deep emotions. Discover how we are shaped by the folk songs we hear as much as by the cells in our bodies.

Based on the soul-searching memoir by Scots Makar Jackie Kay, adapted by Tanika Gupta (winner of the 2018 James Tait Black Prize for Drama), and directed by Dawn Walton (Founder and Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre).

Jackie Kay is a celebrated poet, writer and HOME patron who has picked up numerous awards for her novels and story collections, as well as writing extensively for television and the stage. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. She was named Scots Makar – the National Poet for Scotland – in March 2016.

Developed with the support of Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling.

★★★★ “Elaine C Smith and Lewis Howden honour [Jackie’s adoptive parents] innate warmth and unconditional love without being mawkish… Stefan Adegbola brings a toweringly self-centred, righteous swagger to the role [of Jackie’s birth-father]… His encounters with Jackie have a boisterous energy in a production where memories – some wistful, some upbeat – arrive at a leisurely pace… Sasha Frost (as Jackie through the years) is touchingly radiant.” – The Herald

“Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of the best-selling memoir by Jackie Kay is full of moments that break the heart and stir joy… The chief pleasure of the production derive from the flashback scenes of life as part of an unconventional yet fiercely protective family… An interesting mash-up of detective story and memory play.” – The Times (behind paywall)

“The warm heart of the production is Sasha Frost’s smiling, gentle performance as Kay. Elaine C Smith and Lewis Howden as her mother and father are wonderful, too… Sensitive and accessible.” – The Stage