This morning, at the Scotsman Award Ceremony in the Spiegeltent in St Andrews Square, award-winning children’s author Katherine Rundell’s debut play Life According to Saki won the coveted Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. This is the first production by new company Atticist Productions, who now as part of the award take the play to New York Theater Workshop’s Fourth Street Theatre in
Life According to Saki is inspired by the short stories of ‘Saki’, the pen name of the early Twentieth
Century Scottish writer Hector Hugh Munro, described by The Guardian as “a master of the short story”.
Like a cross between Oscar Wilde and Roald Dahl, Saki’s creations are witty, absurd, and peculiarly
optimistic, and Rundell and Atticist Productions bring them to the stage through acting, music, dance,
clown, and puppetry. The production is a family show, suitable for 9+.?
1916. In the trenches of the Battle of Ancre, a soldier tells stories. That soldier is Saki. Beginning with
early misrule and school-age rebellion, his stories move on to the complexities of youth and adulthood,
obsessions and games, charm and chaos, friendship and jealousy, and, finally, death.