Calum’s Road / Adapted by David Harrower, from the book by Roger Hutchinson
Based on Roger Hutchinson’s elegiac book of the same name, Scots playwright David Harrower offers audiences a richly detailed and unhurried description of a dying way of life in northern Raasay.
Calum MacLeod, having battled the inaction of authorities on Raasay for years, sets off alone with a pick, a shovel and a wheelbarrow to build a road that will connect up the island. His daughter has been forced to board at secondary school on Skye and now Calum’s not having it any more. He wants to turn the tide of neglect and indifference and keep his family – and community – together.
His unpaid labour of love was to dominate the last 10 years of Calum’s life and leave behind a legacy – both practical and poetic – carved into the landscape he loved.
Director – Gerry Mulgrew
Design – Gordon Davidson
Lighting Design – Sergey Jakovsky
Assistant Director (Movement) – Malcolm Shields
Video Design – John McGeoch
“…a lyrical, musical and elegiac ensemble production. [Calum’s Road] symbolises a way of life that eludes [the characters] It is not just a road but, like this spirited production itself, a poignant reminder of our collective loss.”
**** – The Guardian
“The story told here is of such wisdom and significance that it sweeps objections aside, and moves many in the audience to tears.
Iain Macrae gives a fine performance as Calum.
John McGeoch’s backdrop video designs are breathtakingly beautiful.
Alasdair Macrae drives the whole 95-minute show forward on a tide of music, often traditional, but sometimes inflected with the hard electronic rhythms of the world in which we all now live…”
**** – The Scotsman
“…rich, vivid, humane and sad.”