Cain's Book

The Arches and Untitled Projects present

Cain's Book

Mon 25 - Wed 27 Feb 2013 | 25th & 26th: 7.30pm | 27th: 7.45pm Duration: 1 hour 55 mins with short interval | £9/£7

By Alexander Trocchi
Adapted and directed by Alan McKendrick

Cast: Ross Mann, Lou Prendergast, Graham F. Valentine

Loose ends, things unrelated, shifts, nightmare journeys, cities arrived at and left, meetings, desertions, betrayals, all manner of unions, adulteries, triumphs, defeats… these are the facts.

Acclaimed worldwide as a high watermark for Scottish literature and lauded by talents as various as William S. Burroughs, Patti Smith and Leonard Cohen, since its original 1960 publication Alexander Trocchi’s notorious Cain’s Book has earned itself a formidable reputation as the cult novel to end them all.

Cain’s Book depicts protagonist Joe Necchi’s experiences from a Glasgow childhood through to adult life in 1950s New York as a scow captain and unrepentant heroin addict. A tour-de-force of poetic writing simultaneously occupying the modes of drug literature confessional, bleak comedy and philosophical tract, the bold and still thoroughly contemporary Cain has lost none of its vivid force and power to astonish.

For this new theatrical adaptation, writer/director Alan McKendrick offers a “fullbore literary arthouse crazyfest” – a live theatre event also incorporating music, film and projected stills, with visuals by Jack Wrigley (85A) and Tobias Feltus.

There will be a post show discussion following the performance on Wednesday 27th Feb.

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Critical acclaim for past shows

“Terrific Brechtian wit & coolness… astonishing political complexity… a daring piece of apocalyptic theatre”
Scotsman on Finished With Engines

“A quite extraordinary theatrical experiment…genius”
The Daily Telegraph on The Salon Project

About the artists

Alan McKendrick (Finished With Engines, Violence Was Offered) is currently in residence with Untitled Projects (The Salon Project, Myths Of The Near Future, Slope) and The Arches, supported by a Playwrights’ Studio Scotland Partnership fund. This inaugural presentation of their work upon Cain’s Book is the culmination of this year-long residency. Supported by Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Creative Scotland.