Two brothers, Archie and Murdo, live in the Far North on opposite sides of a field. Archie is shrivelling away. Murdo is eating himself to death on a diet of chocolate and macaroons dipped in jam. These misfit siblings haven’t spoken to each other for years, although they do share a cat.
Kate, a writer, is on a lecture tour. Archie puts her up for the night after her lecture in the village hall. She gets snowed in. In the days that follow, Kate is drawn in to the tissue of lies and self-deception that keeps the brothers alive in a bond of mutual loathing. She becomes both nurse and confessor to the brothers, eventually leading them to their fate with profound, funny and touching results.
Kevin MacNeil, one of Scotland’s most exciting young writers, has adapted Torgny Lindgren’s dark, comic novel about love, jealousy and death, transposing it from Northern Sweden to Northern Scotland. Kevin’s recently completed script is excellent, promising a very rich night’s entertainment.
Sweetness will open on February 24th at An Lanntair Arts Centre in Kevin’s home town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.