Stewart Laing directs Alex Austin and Kwaku Mills in The End of Eddy, Pamela Carter’s powerful new work, based on Édouard Louis’ best-selling book, in this co-production between Untitled Projects and the Unicorn Theatre.
The End of Eddy will open as part of the Edinburgh International Festival prior to a rural Scottish tour to Inverness, Ullapool, Aberdeen, Moniaive, Stirling and Dumfries. It will then open at London’s Unicorn Theatre (13th September – 6th October) and finish with a run at the Dublin Theatre Festival (9th – 13th October).
Born into brutal poverty, in the cultural wilderness of post-industrial rural France, a boy grows up amongst hard men and women living hard and violent lives. Bullied relentlessly for being gay, this is the story of Eddy’s struggle to understand who he is, who he might become, and of his fight to escape.
Written when he was just 21 and combining vivid and urgent storytelling with frank reflections on sexuality, poverty and prejudice, Édouard Louis’ acclaimed novel was first published in 2014 and is both unflinchingly honest and darkly entertaining. This new and boldly theatrical stage adaptation is a joint Unicorn Theatre and Untitled Projects commission and reunites visionary director Stewart Laing and his long-term collaborator, writer Pamela Carter, who have worked together since 2005.