Playwright James Ley with Damian Barr

Damian Barr: 'We all move through life carrying our past selves with us'
The production, which premieres at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre in May, is not, they stress, a straightforward retelling of the events of the memoir, more an exploration of what it cost to write it, and the transformation it wrought. Though its subject matter is grim – homophobia, alcohol dependency and abuse – it will channel some of Dahl’s dark fantasy, along with the agitprop spirit of 7:84.