NEWS: Outlander, The Musical writer pays homage to fellow Scottish writer in upcoming theatre tour of Doorways in Drumorty
Born and raised in Strichen, Aberdeenshire, Lorna Moon was an author, poet and leading Hollywood screenwriter. For years, she was its highest paid female scriptwriter writing screen plays for movies starring the biggest film stars of the era; Norma Shearer, Gloria Swanson, Lon Chaney Jr, Lionel Barrymore, Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Greta Garbo. Yet her book of short stories ‘Doorways in Drumorty’ was banned from the local Strichen library for 50 years because the town’s inhabitants were horrified at recognising themselves in the book’s characters.
First staged in 2010, this new production of Mike Gibb’s hugely successful play, ‘Doorways in Drumorty’ – based on a book of Moon’s collected short stories – will tour to 18 venues across Scotland between 18 April – 18 May 2019 supported by North East Arts Touring and Aberdeenshire Council. This updated version is produced by Awkward Stranger in association with Hame Productions, and directed by Andy Corelli.
Speaking about this latest tour, Mike Gibb said, “The question I get asked most about my stage work is ‘when are you doing Doorways in Drumorty again?’ and I am therefore delighted that Andy Corelli has put together this amazing tour that will introduce the wonderful world of Drumorty to so many people the length and breadth of Scotland.”
Set in a 1920s gossipy, rural Aberdeenshire community, this witty play is laugh-out-loud funny. Yet it steers through a sharply satirical observation of the personal agonies that individuals endure when beset by the strict observance of moral codes and prohibitions, all for the sake of outward appearance. It is as moving as it is amusing.
‘Doorways in Drumorty’ follows the story of Jessie McLean who seemed destined to become a spinster when at 16 the young man she fell in love with left town never to return, leaving her alone and unfulfilled. 35 years later, a girl in a similar though more extreme version of her own circumstances, helps her discover an inner courage which she uses to foil the myopia of those around her. Set alongside Jessie’s tale, are six vignettes depicting the experiences of other characters in the town.
Playwright and author Mike Gibb has been writing for the theatre since the late nineties and has produced a stream of Scottish-themed musicals and plays including the internationally acclaimed Outlander the Musical.
2019 is the 90th anniversary of Lorna Moon’s critically acclaimed novel ‘Dark Star’ which provides one of the stories for the play.
Doorways in Drumorty | 1hr 40 minutes plus interval.
Images: Colin Lindsay