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Fiona Morrison in Signs of Life by Cormac Quinn

February 2013

"Largs and Millport Weekly News"

A WEST Kilbride playwright will see professional productions of two of his creations hit the stage in Edinburgh and London later this year.

David Hutchison's plays 'Too Long the Heart' and 'The Blood is Strong' will be staged in February and May/June respectively.

Directors and crew

The semi-retired academic said he is excited to work alongside the directors and crew who will translate his work for the public.

"When you write a book out it goes to the world as you write it, perhaps with some editorial input, but the theatre on the other hand is collaborative. You're working with actors, director and designers - it is good fun but can also be risky," David said.

 "I remember reading a review in the Guardian about a show I am going to see, which said production was good but the actors were no good and that can be a fear."

David added that he has full confidence in Andy Corelli, the director of the Edinburgh-based theatre production company Siege Perilous, and the talented actors who will bring his play to life.

The award-winning company, who are committed to championing new writing, will present the first of David's productions, 'Too Long the Heart', from February 21 to 26 at Malmaison, Tower Place, Leith.

In the play, a man's fishing holiday in Ireland is shattered when he is abducted and taken hostage. But confusion emerges - do the kidnappers have the right man? What past wrong is fuelling his captors' thirst for revenge?

The play looks at the idea of forgiveness and David added that the concept for the story came to him during a trip to the Republic of Ireland with his wife, where he saw many memorials to the turbulent history of the country.

David added that the play may have a renewed relevance with audiences following the ongoing turmoil in Belfast.

The two act play will be played without an interval to build the tension throughout the 90 minute performance.

Second play

David's second play 'The Blood is Strong' will focus on where Scotland as a nation might be going as it contemplates the prospect of independence.

The production deals with the Scottish identity, and looks at the relevance of traditional entertainers such as The Alexander Brothers by examining their place in today's culture.

The Ritchie Street resident who has played an active role in the community of West Kilbride, added: "The play then took a political development - it always had different aspects to it. When you're writing things come to you and you head down a different road - the characters direct where they're going and they find their way through the story."

The play will be performed in late May or early June at the multi-award winning 50 seat Finborough Theatre in the Earls Court area of London.

David is the former head of the Media Studies Department at Glasgow Caledonian University and an author of several books on journalism.

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