Fresh from the Edinburgh International Festival the critically acclaimed play The End of Eddyis heading direct to Moniaive.

Produced by Scotland-based Untitled Projects and The Unicorn Theatre, London, it has enjoyed a sold out run in Edinburgh and earned a string of ★★★★ reviews.

The play is based on writer Éduoard Louis’ internationally acclaimed book about his life growing up in a poor, working class village in northern France and of being relentlessly bullied and shamed for being different and gay.

For one night only, on Tuesday 4 September, the play will be performed at Moniaive’s Glencairn Memorial Institute. There will be a pre-theatre buffet supper beforehand at the nearby Craigdarroch Arms Hotel from 6.30pm.

Tim O’Sullivan, who runs the Craigdarroch Arms and who is presenting the performance, said: “It’s tremendous that a production which has been so well received at one of the most prestigious festivals in the world should be coming straight here to Moniaive.

“We are very much looking forward to hosting a piece of work that has earned such critical acclaim and been enjoyed so much by audiences.”

Eddy is played by two actors and there are four TV screens showing recorded video of the parents and brother (also performed by the two actors).

The play explores the experiences that formed Éduoard, his eventual escape to another life, and the class, sexuality and power structures that affected him, his village and, to some extent affect all of us. It is contemporary, frank, vivid, funny.

Sarah Jane Murray, the play’s producer, said: “Louis has given voice to an experience at theintersection of class, gender and sexuality, which is absolutely of today. This feels like the right time to be making public space in the UK for his story.”

The End of Eddycontains strong language and explicit sexual references so the age guide is recommended as 16+.

Critics’ comments

★★★★ ‘groundbreaking adaptation’ The Guardian

★★★★ ‘challenging, unconventional, and highly distinctive’ The Arts Desk

★★★★ ‘…the richness of the detail with which it is told offers some unforgettable insights, making us feel as if we have spent an hour or so walking the streets of  Eddy’s village, and have come to a much deeper understanding of the forces that shape its people, and their changing politics.’ The Scotsman


And there’s more …

On Friday 7 September Samson Sounds will be heading to the Craigdarroch Arms. Leading the charge in Scotland’s world dance music scene, they carry the energy towards a positive dance floor vibration.

Guitar strings, brass, vocals and digital align to form new audible experiences of World Bass music. Originating from the homemade dubwise Samson Soundsystem they are no strangers to bass weight and deliver a good time guarantee.

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, the group is rooted in the local reggae/bass music scene and are making waves across the UK. Characterised by their uplifting stage presence they blend elements of African Highlife and Blues, Dub, UK Steppas, Kwaito and Jazz.

The new EP Jumbo Rushsees the band collaborate with guest vocalists Breezy Lee and Bee as well as Berlin based reggae MC Longfingah. The three vocalists will be making appearances at gigs throughout the year bringing a new dimension to the sound.

  • Production / Anders Rigg
  • Saxophone / Duncan Mark Horne
  • Trombone / Roger Marsh
  • Guitar / William Greensmith

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Listings details

  • The End of Eddy
  • Craigdarroch Arms, Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway, DG3 4HN
  • Doors open 7pm and play starts 7.30pm, Tuesday 4 September.
  • Tickets £8 to £10
  • Available from

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