A Kilwinning woman’s is taking her stage play to this year’s 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 Christopher Brookmyre himself.
He’s now authorised Caroline, who runs Ayrshire based Horsehead Theatre Company, to take the black comedy to Edinburgh this summer, where it will run at The Space On The Mile on August 4 and 5, then August 7-12.
Caroline said: “It all kicked off when I went to her Christopher Broommyre speak at the Tidelines Festival at Si! in Irvine in 2015. Someone asked a question about that book and I realised if was one of his that I hadn’t read.
“I got a copy and by the time I finished the first page, I thought, ‘this is a play’.
“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. We had great feedback.
“Christopher has been unbelievably supportive. It has all been a bit unreal.”
She added: “Just today, I got a call asking me to stage the play at the Bloody Scotland international crime writers festival in Stirling in September as well.”
Casting is now taking place, but the show will star Saltcoats based film and stage actor Steven Duffy, as well as 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. Twenty years have passed but will those bonds still hold fast?
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!
Tickets are already selling well. To order some, contact tickets. edfringe.com/whats-on/tale-etchedin-blood-and-hard-black-pencil.