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Platform: Drama in the Library - The Lamp by Linda Cracknell
Sat 25 March 2017, 19:00 – 20:30 GMT
The Lamp, a new drama about oldest library.
‘The Lamp’ by Aberfeldy-based writer Linda Cracknell is set at the Library of Innerpeffray, founded on the banks of the River Earn in 1680 as Scotland’s first free public lending library. In contemporary times, with the library now a literary visitor attraction, an unlikely friendship develops between a visiting Kenyan librarian with a terrible fear for his country, and a widow from a nearby farm with a very overdue book to return. Their meeting broadens horizons for both and confirms the healing and democratizing power of books.
The play was inspired by the Library and its heritage and Linda’s own travels in Africa and is being revived for Platform with a reading directed by Lu Kemp, Director of Perth Theatre, and a cast of Anna Hepburn, David Roy and Manu Kurewa.
It was originally broadcast on BBC Radio Four in 2011