Scottish Storytelling Centre
Netherbow Theatre
Martin Travers

Rehearsed Reading

Annville is an important new play in Scots and English by Martin

Adapted from the novel The Flourish by Canadian writer and artist
Heather Spears.

Directed by Amanda Gaughan.

In November 1883 Scotland’s greatest untold tragedy reached its bloody
conclusion in Annville House in Kirkfieldbank outside Lanark. A man with
his jugular vein severed lies dead in the scullery. Two women inching
towards the gate bleeding to death. This is the tale of how that
wickedness came to pass.

Glasgow University student Willie Brown, sick with Milk Fever, returns
to Annville House to recuperate. His cousin, music teacher Charlotte,
cares for him as he struggles to recover. As winter descends on the
valley tempers and jealousies crack and shatter like ice on the Clyde.

Performed by five of Scotland’s most talented actors and a professional
pianist, this dark and harrowing story with live hymns and piano score
will creek over the boards of your mind leaving you wondering what could
have been done to stop the horror.

The reading will be followed by a short post-show discussion about the
Scots language of the play and women’s rights and duties in nineteenth
century Scotland; hosted by the playwright, novelist and director.

07 Oct
13:00 - 16:00