Preview: Jackie Kay – She’s coming HOME…

Scottish writer, poet and patron of HOME Mcr, Jackie Kay, is heading back to Manchester and bringing with her, the gift of theatre!

September 2019 will see Red Dust Road, Jackie’s memoir of her life growing up as a mixed race adopted Scot, brought to life on stage at HOME, after its premiere at the Edinburgh Internal Festival.

Red Dust Road

Adapted for the stage by Tanika Gupta and directed by Dawn Walton, Red Dust Road will bring to life Jackie’s story of self-discovery – from her realisation as a young, adopted little girl, that her skin was a different colour to her peers, to the tracing and finding of her Highland mother and Nigerian father birth parents.

Jackie Kay

Jackie says,

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.

Red Dust Road was first published in 2010, winning Scottish Book of the Year and the London Book Award.

A patron of HOME since it opened in 2015 , Jackie has picked up numerous other awards for her novels and story collections throughout her career, including an MBE in 2006. Her connections to the area also extend to her position as Chancellor of the University of Salford.

Tickets and more information can be found at https://homemcr.org/production/red-dust-road/

Check back here in September for a review of what promises to be a moving and adventurous tale of soul-searching and belonging.


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