Aberdeen Performing Arts has assembled a strong Scottish ensemble cast for an innovative new production of Robin Jenkins’ classic novel, The Cone Gatherers.
The new play is the third in the company’s trilogy of Scottish classics – following the critically-acclaimed Sunset Song (2008) and The Silver Darlings (2009) – in a visually-stunning fresh adaptation, headed by director Kenny Ireland.
The nine-strong cast includes Scottish theatre veteran Tom McGovern in the leading role of Duror alongside Ben Winger, Helen McKay, Rodney Matthew, John Kielty, Jennifer Black, Greg Powrie, Helen Logan and Maxine Hamilton.
Adapted for the stage by renowned playwright Peter Arnott, Jenkins’ novel tells the story of two brothers sent to a Scottish estate during World War ll to collect cones with which to reseed the forests felled for the war effort and deals with momentous themes - the struggle between good and evil, war, class and social justice.
Jenkins was awarded the OBE in 1999 and in 2003 received the Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun prize from the Saltire Society for his lifetime achievement. He died in 2005, at the age of 92 and his last novel The Pearl-fishers was published posthumously in 2007. The Robin Jenkins Literary Award has been established in his name.
The story is given theatrical depth, with movement and music and ingenious staging designed by internationally-acclaimed designer Hayden Griffin with music by Scotland’s upcoming composer and actor John Kielty.
“The design and music is of utmost importance,” said Kenny Ireland. “Throw in Peter Arnott’s relentless and poetic script and I hope we will create a theatrical event that is exciting in its performance, contemporary in its design, Scottish in its content and international in its message.
The Cone Gatherers will premier at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen on Friday, September 14 for a nine-day run before touring to Glasgow’s Theatre Royal (September 25 to 29), Eden Court in Inverness (October 2 to 6), Dundee Rep (October 16 to 20), King’s Theatre in Edinburgh (October 23 to 27) and Perth Theatre (October 30 to November 10)
Tickets for performances at His Majesty’s Theatre are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.