"SUNSET SONG", "CLOUD HOWE" and "GREY GRANITE"
adapted by Alastair Cording from the novels by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
TAG Theatre Company Scottish national tour 1991
Edinburgh International Festival and Scottish national tour 1993
Prime Productions Scottish national tours 2001, 2002
What the Papers have said:
"A major achievement..."
Irving Wardle, The Independent
"Succeeds marvellously... puts Scotland's own history onto the stage with vigour, precision and skill... a pure piece of theatre."
Michael Billington, The Guardian
"a spirit of both celebration and regret, of fighting and acceptance, which does full justice to Grassic Gibbon's mercurial purpose ...a joy and a wrench to watch its blithe unfolding of tragedy and hope."
Scotland on Sunday
"skilfully adapted... there is a real richness of texture here, with the narrative firmly set against the changing seasons... rich humour and desolate tragedy, and throughout you are anxious to know what is going to happen next."
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph
"Alastair Cording has carefully distilled event and speech into a spare, articulate script."
Brian Hayward, The Times Educational Supplement
"An extraordinarily beautiful piece of theatre."
Joyce Macmillan, The Guardian
"from a source over which Scots audiences might have been possessive and highly resistant... a polished piece of theatre which cries out for the widest international audience."
John Linklater, The Herald
"Cording's dramatisation unfolds vigorously..."
The Sunday Times
"the highlight of my weekend... was presented in the Scots dialect, yet it didn't seem to matter whether I understood all the words or not... Don't we have a New York International Festival of Theatre coming up?"
Sherry Eaker, Back Stage
"Cording's dialogue is vigorous but plain; the play is like a ballad, robust and muscular..."
John Peter, The Sunday Times
"Much skill was expended by Cording in preserving in the dialogue the rhythms and the words of the original... It deserves to find a sponsor enlightened enough to bring it to Australia."
"has given the Assembly Hall another Scottish masterpiece to follow the famous productions there of Lyndsay's The Three Estaites."
New Statesman and Society
"This is not a pious attempt to clone a Great Classic for Scots patriots and cultural tourists..."
Benedict Nightingale, The Times
"blazing honesty... Alastair Cording has adapted the novel with exceptional skill and economy."
Allen Wright, The Scotsman
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