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Sunset Song takes centre stage to mark the WW1 Centenary

Sell a Door Theatre Company's adaptation of Sunset Song is on its Scottish tour

Sell a Door Theatre Company’s adaptation of Sunset Song is on its Scottish tour

One of the most popular Scottish novels of all time, Sunset Song tells the gripping tale of Chris Guthrie, a young woman growing up in a dysfunctional farming family in the north east of Scotland.

This week, Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s story is coming to life in a stage show at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, from 7 – 11 October as part of the production’s Scottish tour, to mark one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War.

See how Chris’ life is turned upside down by the outbreak of the war, as she fights to keep her family together. Chris is torn by her love of the land and her wider ambitions to follow her passions for learning and education. Her survival suddenly depends solely on her belief that there is hope beyond the sunset, as the war presents a catalyst for change in Scotland and marks the end of traditions and old-fashioned ways.

“You hated the land and the coarse speak of the folk and learning was brave and fine one day; and the next you’d waken with the peewits crying across the hills, deep and deep, crying in the heart of you and the smell of the earth in your face, almost you’d cry for that, the beauty of it and the sweetness of the Scottish land and skies.” 

Lewis Grassic Gibbon , Sunset Song

One of 2014’s unmissable theatrical events, the Sell a Door Theatre Company stages a powerful performance of Alistair Cordling’s renowned theatre adaption of the timeless classic. Tickets are on sale now on the King’s Theatre website.


If you’re interested in this momentous time in Scotland’s history, discover more about Scotland and the First World War and don’t miss a range of centenary-related events happening across the country. You can also find out more about Scottish Literature and delve into the profiles of some of Scotland’s other favourite writers, novelists and poets.



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