Letters Home

A co-production between Grid Iron and Edinburgh International Book Festival

9th – 25th August 2014
Charlotte Square Gardens (and various buildings around Charlotte Square)
Fringe venue: 383

Part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme
Also part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Winner Scotsman Fringe First

Nominated Creative Edinburgh Collaboration Category

What does home mean to us, especially when we’re away from it?  Multi-award-winning site-specialists Grid Iron and the Edinburgh International Book Festival bring you stories from around the world.  Written by exceptional Commonwealth writers and adapted and directed by four exciting Scotland-based artists, Letters Home is a verbal, visual and musical journey in and around Charlotte Square.

The writers are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, best-selling author of Orange Prize-winning Half of a Yellow Sun and now one of the best-known writers from Africa; Kei Miller, the acclaimed Glasgow-based Jamaican poet and a winner of the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature; Kamila Shamsie, the brilliant Pakistani-British author who was included in Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013; and Christos Tsiolkas, the Australian author whose bestselling novel The Slap painted an entertainingly shocking picture of multicultural Australia.  Their pieces build into a stunningly moving evocation of dialogue as it has shaped relationships all over the world, and throughout the history of humankind.

Directing the pieces are Ben Harrison, Joe Douglas, Michael John McCarthy and Alice Nelson, working with co-ordinating director Zinnie Harris, designers Becky Minto and Rebecca Hamilton, lighting designer Colin Grenfell and composer Philip Pinsky.

What The Press Said:

Cast & Crew:

'Details' Cast & Crew

Details by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Creative Team: 

Director: Joe Douglas
Movement Director: Vicki Manderson
Composer/Sound Designer: Philip Pinsky



Chisara: Muna Otaro
Oyin : Rhoda Ofori-Attah

'England in a Pink Blouse' Cast & Crew

England in a Pink Blouse by Kei Miller

Creative Team:

Director/Composer: Michael John McCarthy

Video Designer: Tim Reid



Maxine: Lorna Anders

Nicky: Katrina Beckford

Kei Miller: The Writer

'Eve and Cain' Cast & Crew

Eve and Cain by Christos Tsiolkas

Creative Team:

Director/Adaptor: Ben Harrison

Composer/Sound Designer: Philip Pinsky



Bondmaiden/Eve: Charlene Boyd

Bondman/Cain: Gavin Marshall

Voice of Eve: Joanna Tope

'War Letters' Cast & Crew

War Letters by Kamila Shamsie

Creative Team:

Film Director:  Alice Nelson

Film Producer:  Lili Sandelin/ North Isle Productions

Director of Photography: Ian Dodds

Editor, Motion Graphics: Lewis Gourlay

Sound Design: Zoë Irvine

Sound & V/O Recordist: Ali Murray

Costume, Make-up, Production Assistant: Calum MacDonald

Costume Assistant: Lindi Wright


Wahid: Adam Buksh

Qasim: Bhav Joshi

Nurse: Lili Sandelin

Hospital Soldiers: Tarun Purba, Mitchell Cobb, Justin Armijo, Ryan Hagen, Calum MacDonald

Across Production Creative & Production Team

Producer: Judith Doherty

Creative Co-ordinator: Zinnie Harris

Lighting Designer: Colin Grenfell

Composer/Sound Designer: Philip Pinsky

Set & Costume Designer: Becky Minto

Assistant Set & Costume Designer: Rebecca Hamilton

Finance & Development Manager: Deborah Crewe

Production Manager: Fiona Fraser

Technical Manager: Roy Fairhead

Stage Manager: Mickey Graham

Deputy Stage Managers: Samantha Burt, Alice McKay, Anne Page

Design Assistants: Emily Bates, Elspeth Chapman

Technicians: Dave Cooper, Kieran Diamond, Chris Ferrie, Francis Stevenson, Andy Reid

Front of House: Bangs (and PostScript), Alex Dickson, Jack Kinross (and PostScript), Rob McDonald, Laurence Motherwell, Seth Oberlander, Steph Smart, Beata Zemanek

Set Build: B Scenic

Programme design: Emma Quinn

Pop-up Banner Design: Beata Zemanek

Programme photography: Douglas Jones