Panic Patterns


Panic Patterns, the play Zoe Strachan and I have written together is on from the 19th to the 30th October. The play is directed by award winning Alison Peebles and stars Selina Boyack as Fay and Veronica Leer as  Jacq. Nichola Scrutton composed the soundscape and Colin O’Hara designed the set. 

Ornithologists Jacq and Fay are on a remote island in the far north of Scotland investigating sudden changes in bird migration patterns. Fay believes these changes signify forthcoming disaster. Jacq thinks the isolation is making her younger lover paranoid. But they were meant to leave the island three days ago, their boat home still hasn’t arrived and their radio has been dead for a week. When the decommissioned lighthouse across the bay shines back into life, the two women are forced to make a crucial decision.

Panic Patterns was commissioned by Glasgay and you can read a little bit about our writing process in an interview Zoe and I did with The List, in a discussion we had with Neil Cooper over ice cream in Jaconelli’s and in an interview for Scotland on Sunday. If you have time, do feel free to point out where we contradict ourselves.

Four Stars from Neil Copper in the Herald ****

And a blisteringly bad review from Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman who nevertheless allows the production to scrape three stars. ***

Professor Willy Maley lets fly with puns in Times Higher Education

Broadway World suggests the play might have ‘crippled lesser writers’, and it’s true, I do have a slight limp.

You can listen again to Zoe and I discussing Panic Patterns on BBC Radio Scotland’s Culture Cafe.

Panic Patterns The Citizens Theatre, Circle Studio, 19 Oct  – 30 Oct 2010£12.50 (concessions available) Preview (19th Oct) £5, Book Here

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