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The View From Castle Rock

By: Alice Munro, adapted by Linda McLean

Promotional illustration for The View from Castle Rock showing two adults and two children looking out to sea, dressed in old fashioned clothes. Ships are in the background.
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The View From Castle Rock

By: Alice Munro, adapted by Linda McLean

Directed by: Marilyn Imrie

Co-produced by: Edinburgh International Book Festival and Stellar Quines

Nobel Laureate Alice Munro is the world’s greatest living short story writer. As a centrepiece of the 2016 Book Festival, Stellar Quines and Edinburgh International Book Festival present the world premiere of a specially commissioned theatrical adaptation of two stories, taken from the author’s collection The View from Castle Rock.

These stories imagine the extraordinary experiences of her Scottish ancestors who sailed from Leith Docks in 1818 in the hope of a better life in Canada.

"A fine ensemble of five actors brings this story vividly alive in a quietly moving show rooted in real lives”

by Lyn Gardner - The Guardian

“Marilyn Imrie’s production is stark and elegant, employing simple-yet-effective techniques”

by Allan Radcliffe - The Times

“the story is given weight, depth and a poignancy elevated both by Pippa Murphy’s score and sound design, which seems to echo down the centuries”

by Neil Cooper - The Herald

“The Laidlaws will stay in my memory for a long time. Stellar Quines give a truly stellar performance”

by Mary Woodward - ScotsGay Fringe


  • Nicola Jo Cully


  • Simon Donaldson


  • Lewis Howden

    Old James/Ensemble

  • Brian James O'Sullivan


  • Sally Reid


Creative Team

  • Alice Munro

    Writer (original stories)

  • Linda McLean


  • Marilyn Imrie


  • Claire Halleran


  • Pippa Murphy

    Composer/Musical Director

  • Emma Jones

    Lighting Designer

  • Janice Parker

    Movement Director

  • Rosa Duncan

    Assistant Director

  • Dani Rae

    Associate Producer

  • Laura Hawkins

    Production Manager

  • Linsey Johnston

    Company Stage Manager:

  • Andy Stuart

    Technical Manager

  • Ari Liakeas

    Costume Support

  • Castle Chorus


  • Alasdair Macrae


About The Show

Acclaimed director Marilyn Imrie and award-winning Scottish playwright Linda McLean have created, in this word-for-word adaptation from Alice Munro’s text, a vibrant drama about the nineteenth century Scottish migrant experience.

The View from Castle Rock is supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and this event is also part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Following daily performances during the Book Festival at artSpace@StMarks in Castle Terrace (Venue 125), The View from Castle Rock will tour to the Borders including the Ettrick Valley, home of Munro’s ancestors who were related to James Hogg.

Image: Bettman/CORBIS

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