World premiere of Jackie Kay’s ‘Red Dust Road’ runs at HOME, Manchester from 11 to 21 September 2019

The National Theatre of Scotland and HOME, Manchester have confirmed that the world premiere stage adaptation of acclaimed Scottish writer and poet Jackie Kay’s touching personal memoir, Red Dust Road, will run at HOME from Wednesday 11 to Saturday 21 September 2019, following its run at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival.

Red Dust Road is adapted for the stage by Tanika Gupta and directed by Dawn Walton.


From the moment when, as a little girl, she realises that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her Highland mother and Nigerian father birth parents, Jackie Kay’s journey in Red Dust Road is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. 

First published in 2010, the book has been hailed for its warmth and candour, winning the Scottish Book of the Year Award in 2011. Navigating the challenges of growing up as a mixed-race adopted Scot, Jackie discovers that inheritance is about much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love.


Jackie Kay comments:

“I’m truly delighted that HOME – a place dear to me and close to my heart – is to put on the National Theatre of Scotland’s co-production with HOME of my memoir Red Dust Road. The book explores belonging and adoption and the many roads that lead us to where we are, and what makes us who we are, genes or porridge, and it seems so fitting to me that it should be on at HOME, a place, as a proud patron, I feel I belong to, and where I always feel entirely at HOME.”


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