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September 2014
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Calum's Road

Adapted by David Harrower, from the book by Roger Hutchinson
Directed by Gerry Mulgrew
A co-production with Communicado Theatre Company.

Supported by Bank of Scotland, Pioneering Partner of the National Theatre of Scotland

"A lyrical, musical and elegiac ensemble production"
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."
The Scotsman * * * *

Calum's Road has become the stuff of modern folklore. It is the remarkable true story of one man's single-minded determination to challenge the powers-that-be and is brought to stages across Scotland for the first time.

Based on Roger Hutchison’s elegiac novel of the same name, Scottish playwright David Harrower offers audiences the 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 20 years of Calum’s life and leave behind a legacy – both practical and poetic - carved into the landscape he loved.