A KILWINNING woman’s first stage play has sold out its week-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Caroline Lewis penned and directed an adaptation of the best selling Christopher Brookmyre novel A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil last year and staged it in Irvine’s Harbour Arts Centre.

And her work won great acclaim - including plaudits from Brookmyre himself.

He authorised Caroline, who runs Ayrshire based Horsehead Theatre Company, to take the black comedy to Edinburgh, where it will run at The Space On The Mile on August 4 and 5, then August 7-12.

The play will star Saltcoats actor Steven Duffy, working with a cast from across Ayrshire.

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil see the former classmates of St Elizabeth’s Primary School reunited in the wake of a double murder.

Old scores are settled, debts repaid and alliances forged.

It takes a nostalgic look at school days, filled with psycho teachers, class jokers and playground feuds. All set to a cracking 70s/80s soundtrack!

Caroline said: “I got Christopher’s permission to stage it at the HAC - he just told me to go ahead and have fun - and the response was incredible.”

There will be another chance to catch the play at the Bloody Scotland crime writers festival in Stirling in September