NEWS: Casting Announced for Atticist’s Outlying Islands

Playing at the King’s Head Theatre from the 9th January, casting has been confirmed for the revival of David Greig’s play, last seen in London in 2002. 


Produced by Atticist and directed by Jessica Lazar, the production is set to star Rose Wardlaw (Eyam and The Winter’s Tale, Globe Theatre; Jubilee, Royal Exchange Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith; Call The Midwife), Ken Drury (King Lear and The Crucible, National Theatre; The Woman in Black, West End; Black Mirror), Jack McMillan (The Hard Man, Finborough Theatre; Vieux Carre, King’s Head Theatre; Blue Boy, Northern Stage) and Tom Machell (Life According To Saki, Atticist Off-Broadway at New York’s 4th Street Theatre; zazU, Soho Theatre; Every Blank Ever, Comedy Central).

Talking about the news director Jessica Lazar said: “I’m really looking forward to getting into the rehearsal room and starting work on Outlying Islands with Ken, Jack, Rose, and Tom. They share a depth, comedy, and imagination in their performance, and an immediate complicity that crackles with excitement. For me, they feel like the perfect ensemble to take on the wild range of this remarkable play.”

1939, Scotland. Two young ornithologists arrive on a remote island. They’ve been tasked by the Ministry to conduct a study of the bird population. With only the island’s authoritarian leaseholder and his niece for company, they find themselves drawn to the wildness of the island, igniting growing tensions and repressed passions. 

Inspired by true events including Robert Atkinson and John Ainslie’s 1935 search for the Leach’s Fork-Tailed Petrel, as recorded in Atkinson’s Island Going, Outlying Islands explores a society on the edge of huge change.

The production’s creative team will include designs by Anna Lewis, lighting design by David Doyle, sound design by Christopher Preece and movement direction by Jennifer Fletcher.

Outlying Islands will play at the King’s Head Theatre from the 9th January until the 2nd February 2019. For more information visit:

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