Red Dust Road // National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival 2019

based on the memoir by Jackie Kay, adapted by Tanika Gupta

 

director: Dawn Walton

lighting designer: Lizzie Powell

composer: Tayo Akinbode

sound designer: Richard Hammarton

movement director: Vicki Igbokwe

 

photographer: Richard Davenport / The Other Richard

 

”Grimly atmospheric… The stage is dominated by a railway carriage in which the band play - an intelligent and eye-catching design delivering an oppressive punchline at the end, suggesting the fate suffered by so many people during the Nazi era.” Frankfurter Allgemeine

”Everything about this production is great… Imaginatively staged and authentic, at times a crazy 1920s cabaret, a threepenny opera, wild, colourful and frivolous, yet also full of quiet moments and pain… An impressive, adaptable set changes at breakneck speed to become a railway station concourse, a poor guesthouse or a nightclub, while the live band plays from inside the train carriage which dominates the stage. At the end, the train leaves revealing all the chairs from the club piled high, and suggesting how the story will continue: war, holocaust, destruction.” Frankfurter Rundschau

”It evokes that transitional period in Berlin, when everyone was on the move and it seemed nothing would change… Only at the end, just when no-one expects it, the train begins to leave and we see the party is over.” Frankfurter Neue Presse

”An impressively dark musical staging, one of the best productions in years.” Offenbach Post

"Musical and visual excellence…an impressive stage and costume design from Simon Kenny… Alongside sexy and frivolous club scenes, there is also the clear danger of political apathy and the creeping societal shift towards nationalism. Energetic from the start and increasingly shattering; an intense production." Kulturfreak