This Is Memorial Device

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh Based on the book by David Keenan, Adapted and Directed by Graham Eatough

Wed 3 - Sat 6 Apr

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Following a sold-out, Fringe-First winning run at the 2022 Edinburgh Festival, “This Is Memorial Device”, based on David Keenan’s cult novel, returns.

The fictional history of 1980s Airdrie’s mysterious, post-punk legends it is a gloriously hallucinatory journey, back to the hopes and dreams of early adulthood, performed by Paul Higgins (The Thick of It, Slow Horses) with music by Stephen McRobbie (The Pastels) and Gavin Thomson. Adapted and Directed by Graham Eatough.

This Is Memorial Device is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

Image: Mihaela Bodlovic

Originally produced by The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh with the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Developed with the support of the Stephen W Dunn Theatre Fund.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council.


★★★★ “Memories of fictional indie heroes burn brightly” - The Guardian  

★★★★ “A psychoactive hymn to the power of saying yes to experience.” - The Herald

"The best theatre I saw (in Edinburgh) was This Is Memorial Device. I loved David Keenan’s novel so much I was worried about seeing it, but it was brilliantly adapted in a way that that felt totally special, in that moment, in that place, on that night." - Stewart Lee

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  • Director / AdaptorGraham Eatough (he/him)
  • Set & Costume DesignerAnna Orton (she/her)
  • MusicStephen Pastel (he/him) and Gavin Thomson (he/him)
  • Sound DesignGavin Thomson (he/him)
  • Video DesignMartin Clark (he/him)
  • Lighting DesignNigel Edwards (he/him)
  • Movement DirectorKally Lloyd-Jones (she/her)
  • ProducerNeil Murray (he/him)
  • Paul Higgins

    Ross Raymond

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