Story behind the ‘scandalous’ play at Cumbernauld Theatre

Cast members Michelle Bruce and Fraser Sivewright
Cast members Michelle Bruce and Fraser Sivewright

WRITINGS that once scandalised a small Scottish village have now been adapted into a stage production by playwright Mike Gibb.

WRITINGS that once scandalised a small Scottish village have now been adapted into a stage production by playwright Mike Gibb.

Lorna Moon, born in 1886 as Nora Helen Wilson Low, hailed from Strichen in Aberdeenshire and certainly had a colourful life.

She greatly annoyed the people of her home town with her fictional writing, as the townsfolk recognised distinctly thinly-vieled and unflattering portrayals of themselves in the characters. So great was the outcry that the local library banned her book.

Moon had to make do instead with leaving her old life behind and carving a new career as the top-earning female screenwriter in Hollywood.

Now Doorways in Drumorty, currently touring Scotland’s theatres, is due to come to Cumbernauld on Saturday, September 24.

The title refers to a collection of short stories also by Moon, as the play is a loose adaptation which also contains elements of her novel Dark Star and an original plotline about the decision to ban her writing from the local library.

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*See Doorways in Drumorty at Cumbernauld Theatre on Saturday, September 24, at 7.45pm. Tickets priced £9/£7 (concession), U18’s £5 are available from the Box Office: 01236 732887 or can be purchased online at www.cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk.