Play delves into the rocky road of addiction recovery

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A new production currently on tour across the country and due to be staged at An Lanntair arts centre Stornoway on May 12th is ‘Blackout’.

This production tells the real life stories of alcoholics and their rocky road towards recovery.

Written by Mark Jeary and directed by Paul Brotherston, it is scripted entirely from interviews with recovering addicts, who gives us insight such as: “My first drink seemed to unlock something. I threw up, went home, woke up with a stinking hangover the next morning and thought; ‘that was fantastic, when are we doing it again?”

The play is honest, brutal, uplifting and often reveals darkly comic truths.

The material reveals stories such as the woman who finds herself urinating off the top of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh.

The man who nearly burns down a stranger’s kitchen. The mother who almost beats her son to death in a drunken rage.

Originally produced to critical acclaim in 2014 Blackout is back again but this time as a new production with an updated script, new interviews, new director, and new creative team. The only thing that remains the same is the brilliant cast - Camille Marmié, Beth Kovarik, Miriam Sarah Doren, Mark Jeary and Ben Clifford.

Blackout is a hard hitting and strikingly staged piece with relevance to everyone in society. The production is recommended for an audience aged 14plus as it does contain strong language content which some may find distressing.

The play will be staged at An Lannair, Stornoway on Thursday May 12th from 8pm.

For ticket information go to: or call 01851 708 480.

Pictured is a scene from the production which reveals the real life stories of people who have battled with alcohol addiction.