The Cone Gatherers
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Based on the novel by Robin Jenkins, this play examines the relentless struggle between good and evil via the story of two brothers, a hateful gamekeeper and the prejudices of the class system of the 1940s.
Aberdeen Performing Arts presents
The Cone Gatherers
by Robin Jenkins
adapted by Peter Arnott
Directed by Kenny Ireland Designed by Hayden Griffin
The Cone Gatherers is a haunting tale of good versus evil, and demonstrates the destructive power of envy and prejudice.
This classic Scottish novel tells the tale of two brothers gathering cones in a forest on a Scottish estate in order to replenish the trees felled for the war effort. Neil, and his hunchbacked brother Calum, lead happy and contented lives in these beautiful surroundings, completely detached from the destruction of the Second World War. However, their innocence and happiness is threatened by the dark, obsessive hatred of Duror, the gamekeeper and the deep prejudices of the class system of the time. The obsessions of Duror grow stronger throughout the story, building to a devastating climax.
Robin Jenkins’ greatest novel is brought to life by the creative team behind HMT’s two critically acclaimed productions, Sunset Song and The Silver Darlings, in a brand new adaptation by Scottish dramatist Peter Arnott.
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Reviews & features
The Cone Gatherers1 Oct 2012
Uneven adaptation of classic Scottish novel is distinguished by strong performances
Robin Jenkins' most famous novel has long enjoyed a prominent place on the Scottish curriculum as a set text. Yet, for all its familiarity, the tale's lyrical depiction of class conflict, obsession and petty fascism, set in a Scotland thrown into flux…
Tom McGovern discusses his role in a new adaptation of The Cone Gatherers11 Sep 2012
Robert Jenkins' Scottish novel is being brought back to the stage by Aberdeen Performing Arts
Following their adaptations of Sunset Song and Silver Darlings, Aberdeen Performing Arts take another great Scottish novel to the stage, Robert Jenkins’ The Cone Gatherers. Telling the story of two cone gatherer brothers and the devastating effect they…