Edwin re-imagined for the stage

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GLASGOW is home to some of the finest literary talent and, when Edwin Morgan died last year, we lost one of the best.

Promoted as the first Scots national poet, or Makar, Morgan was a lion of the literary world.

And no doubt few one will miss him more than his good friend Liz Lochhead who wrote a play to his memory.

The Tron is hosting her new work, Edwin Morgan’s Dreams and Other Nightmares, which focuses on the latter part of the writer’s life.

This is a world premiere for the new work.

The play is set in his room at the westend nursing home where the poet saw out his remaining years.

It is a dark, ordinary, Friday afternoon in winter.

James arrives: a middle-aged friend of Morgan who is also his biographer and helper.

The poet then recounts a series of nightmares which have been besetting him.

Lochhead describes the piece as more of “a theatrical event” than a play.

She said: “Eddie had a set of dreams towards the end of his life.They were nightmares that brought up lots of themes of his life.The show is a poetic hour and 15 minutes about Eddie and those bad dreams.

The play is part of the city’s Glasgay! and festival director Steven Thomson says he wanted to reappraise Morgan’s work in a gay context.

Edwin Morgan’s Dreams and Other Nightmares is on at the Tron from November 2 to 5 at 7.45pm.

Tickets, priced £7 to £15, on 0141 552 4267.