Colin MacIntyre: 'The book, and the play, is a tribute to my people, my place, and an attempt to say we're all the same'
- Gareth K Vile
- 30 April 2019
The man from Mull Historical Society brings his novel and island background to the Òran Mór
'I would say the centrepiece to my work of late has been this theme of finding home,' says Colin MacIntyre – musician, novelist, winner of the Glenfiddich Creative Spirit award and now playwright. Adapting his own novel, The Letters of Ivor Punch as part of the A Play, A Pie and A Pint anniversary season, MacIntyre introduces his distinctive aesthetic to a new audience, one that is firmly rooted in his upbringing. 'I think being an islander particularly makes this question even more pronounced as you are part of a close, but cut off, community.'
MacIntyre was brought up on Mull – a heritage signalled in his first releases as The Mull Historical Society, but also in the content of his script. 'The book, and the play, is a tribute to my people, my place, and an attempt to say we're all the same really,' he continues. The Letters of Ivor Punch deals with the mysteries of island life, jumping between the 19th century and now, and examines how family history, faith and superstition all combine to create an individual's identity and sense of home.