Bearsden author Julia Donaldson is excited to see her play take to the stage at the Tron

Children's author Julia Donaldson in Milngavie Library. Julia is doing a nationwide tour of'public libraries, highlighting their importance and opposing closure. '    Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 6th Sept 2012
Children's author Julia Donaldson in Milngavie Library. Julia is doing a nationwide tour of'public libraries, highlighting their importance and opposing closure. ' Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 6th Sept 2012

A PLAY, based on a novel for teenagers written by Bearsden-based author Julia Donaldson, is going to be performed at The Tron Theatre in Glasgow next month.

Her internationally acclaimed book ‘Running On The Cracks’, which also appeals to adults, will be brought to life on stage by Tron Theatre Company and Pilot Theatre from Wednesday, February 6 to Saturday, February 16.

Mrs Donaldson, who is also the author of the popular Gruffalo books, is thrilled that her book has been transformed into a fast-paced new play.

It follows the story of a young runaway, from London to Glasgow – where she searches for long-lost family connections, and discovers that friendships can develop in the strangest of circumstances.

Leo’s world has been turned upside down. With her parents gone and a creepy uncle becoming too close for comfort, she’s certainly sure of one thing, she must get out. Leo’s on the run. She knows what she’s running from. Problem is, where is she running to?

Mrs Donaldson – pictured – who is also Britain’s Children’s Laureate, said: “I’m very excited about this being performed on stage.

“It’s very realistic, it’s about Glasgow as we know it with scenes at the Barras and Chinatown.

“A lot of action in the book takes place in the Westerton and Knightswood area.

“I walked around these areas a lot in an attempt to trace the main character’s footsteps.”

The cast includes Stephen Clyde, Jessica Henwick, Suni La, Grant McDonald and Gaylie Runciman.

Alongside this co-production with Pilot Theatre – a company known for their creative and innovative work for young people – Tron Participation will be running an exciting range of education and outreach opportunities including a series of workshops, talks, performances and therapeutic drama, including a drama residency (for age 14 years and over) on Monday and Tuesday, February 11 and 12.

There will also be a post show discussion with author Julia Donaldson, Andy Arnold and a representative from children’s charity Aberlour on Saturday, February 16 at the 2.30pm matinee performance.

For further information on the Tron Participation programme of events, contact deborah.mcarthur@tron.co.uk