Scotland's national theatre is to work with Lee Hall, the writer of Billy Elliot, on a world premiere of a new play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Hall has adapted the Alan Warner novel, The Sopranos, for the stage, and the play, entitled Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, will be directed by Vicky Featherstone, the former artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS).

The play is part of the NTS programme from July to December this year which has been revealed today.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is a co-production with Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Lee Hall's adaptation will premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, at the Traverse Theatre, from 18 August.

It will tour Scotland and to Live Theatre, Newcastle until 24 October.

Hall said: "I am delighted to be working for the first time with the National Theatre of Scotland.

"This is a project I've wanted to bring to the stage since I first read the book 17 years ago.

"Alan Warner's view of the world chimed so much with my own experience of growing up in Newcastle so it seemed a perfect project to work on as a co-production with Live Theatre where I have a very long association.

"I think the Scots and Geordies share a common understanding of the world.

"A robust sense of humour, an appetite for a good time and a lack of pretension about what Art should be.

"The Sopranos is filthy, manic, hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure - all the things I think theatre should be. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is a show full of music from the most exquisite classical choral pieces to foot stomping disco classics and much else in between.

"This is a very special show and very much a labour of love for Vicky Featherstone and I who have been working on this for several years now."

Ms Featherstone said: "I am beyond thrilled that Alan Warner has trusted Lee Hall with his game-changing novel about the Soprano's from Oban and am honoured that Laurie Sansom has programmed this anarchic, heart-breaking and life-filled show.

"It is everything that Scotland is - fearless, hopeful, musical, angry, unique and I cannot wait to be back telling this story with the National Theatre of Scotland."

Warner said: "I am flattered that The National Theatre of Scotland and talents like Lee and Vicky are taking on these young loonies, who are dear to my heart. Enjoy it, everyone."

Laurie Sansom, artistic director of the NTS said: "A group of Catholic school girls from Oban takes the trip of a lifetime to Edinburgh; we experience their tribal loyalties and the unique joy of friendship and rebellion that only teenage years can bring."

The season will also include Vox Motus's theatrical spectacle Dragon, Paul Bright's Confessions of a Justified Sinner and two new shows for audiences in Forres and Wigtown, led by Associate Director, Simon Sharkey, alongside Davey Anderson and Claire Halleran.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour will also travel to Glasgow, Aberdeen, Fife, Inverness, and Musselburgh.

The play comes with a soundtrack of classical music and 70s pop rock, featuring music by Handel, Bach and ELO, Our Ladies... is "an outrageous piece of new music theatre" with Tony-winning Martin Lowe (Once) as Music Supervisor.