Dark Road

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Ian Rankin's début stage play, co-written and directed by Mark Thomson. The conviction of an incarcerated serial killer is questioned, 25 years later, by a police officer who helped put him away. Ages 14+.

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Alfred Chalmers is a serial killer who has spent 25 years in prison for the horrific and gruesome murders of four young girls in Edinburgh. Isobel McArthur, Scotland’s first Chief Constable, was one of the team responsible for putting Alfred away all those years ago. But his conviction has always haunted her. Approaching retirement, and hungry for answers, Isobel decides to review the case and meet Chalmers in prison, unaware that her own daughter – the ambitious and promiscuous Alexandra – has struck up her own bizarre and disturbing relationship with the killer.

This is top Scots crime writer Ian Rankin’s début stage play, co-written and directed by the Lyceum’s Artistic Director, Mark Thomson. Tense, tough and gritty it brings the brilliance of Rankin’s storytelling sharply into focus as a gripping psychological battle of wit and will is played out between Chalmers and McArthur.

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Edinburgh Lyceum's Mark Thomson discusses Dark Road, the first play by Ian Rankin

17 Sep 2013

The Rebus author has crafted a shady serial killer story for the stage

Artistic director of the Edinburgh Lyceum and co-writer of Dark Road, Mark Thomson recognises that there is something natural in the theatre’s collaboration with Ian Rankin, a crime writer who has become part of Edinburgh’s cultural landscape. Dark…

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