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 raced 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.

Opening at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2019, and at HOME, Manchester in September 2019

Touring to Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness in autumn 2019.


Written by Jackie Kay. Adapted by Tanika Gupta. Directed by Dawn Walton.

A National Theatre of Scotland and HOME, Manchester co-production. Developed with the support of Macrobert Arts Centre.

Running Time:

130 minutes (with one interval)

Accessible performances available:

  • BSL British Sign Language Performance

  • Captioned

  • Audio Described

  • Relaxed Performance

  • Touch Tour

Recommended Age Guide:



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Red Dust Road: Listen to the Music

The music in Red Dust Road is a mixture of new composition from Tayo Akinbode and his arrangements of existing songs.

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Scotland’s Most Loved Haggis was kindly donated by MacSween of Edinburgh.

The National Theatre of Scotland reserves the right to alter casts, performances, seating or ticket arrangements.