Monster hit returns to its Kirkland home

the write stuff: Kirkland's head girl Nicola Shand, and head boy Robbie Leitch, right, join playwright and theatre director David Greig, centre, with Ronnie Ross, Kirkland head teacher, back left, and Frank Chinn, chief executive of ON at Fife.

the write stuff: Kirkland's head girl Nicola Shand, and head boy Robbie Leitch, right, join playwright and theatre director David Greig, centre, with Ronnie Ross, Kirkland head teacher, back left, and Frank Chinn, chief executive of ON at Fife.

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CREATORS of a monster stage hit, which took its first bow at Kirkland High School, have played a leading role in celebrating its success.

Award-winning playwright and theatre director David Greig visited the Methil secondary school last week for an official handover of scripts of his play ‘The Monster in the Hall’.

His special presentation to school pupils represented a formal ‘thank you’ for Kirkland’s hosting of the final week of rehearsals and the premier of the show last year.

After being developed and receiving its debut performance at Kirkland, the piece went on to be a huge critical success, including a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

‘Monster in the Hall’ originated as part of a project between Fife Young Carers and TAG (part of Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow), funded and supported by ON at Fife, Fife’s largest independent arts trust, and NHS Fife.

It was first performed at Kirkland in September 2010, with 10 shows taking place.

It then became a big critical hit, with a Scottish tour, a run at the Citizens Theatre, and a sell-out run at the Traverse Theatre during the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The play tells the story of Duck Macatarsney, a teenage carer looking after her bike-riding, pizza-loving dad Duke. He suffers from progressively worsening multiple sclerosis and, when social services come to take Duck away, she must face the terrifying prospect of change.

The success of ‘Monster in the Hall’ has been such that the National Theatre of Scotland is preparing to take the Citizens Theatre’s production of it on tour again in 2012.

Fife-based Mr Greig was delighted to hand over a set of scripts of the play, published by Faber and Faber.

Also in attendance were Ronnie Ross, head teacher at Kirkland, Frank Chinn, chief executive of ON at Fife, and Diane D’Warte, development co-ordinator with NHS Fife.

Some of David Greig’s most recent work includes ‘Dunsinane’ (RSC) and ‘Midsummer’ (Traverse Theatre).