Plays by Ian McDiarmid

Be Near Me

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Father David Anderton is assigned to a crippled Scottish town on the Ayrshire coast, where sectarianism is rife. He is a cultivated, if naive and unworldly, man, ill-suited to his new parish. Drifting from his peers, he is drawn to Mark and Lisa, a feral teenage couple who attend the nearby school. Their untamed nights of booze and drugs are as exotic and entrancing to him as his solitary and cloistered life is to them.

But, as events take a perilous direction, this combustible liaison will leave Father David's world in pieces.

Adapted for the stage by Ian McDiarmid from the Booker Prize nominated novel by Andrew O'Hagan, Be Near Me premiered in a co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland and the Donmar Warehouse in January 2009.

Ian McDiarmid is an actor. He was Joint Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, London, from 1990 to 2001. His extensive career includes leading roles with all the major British companies. He won a Tony Award for his performance in Brian Friel's Faith Healer on Broadway. Recently, he appeared in John Gabriel Borkman at the Donmar Warehouse and Six Characters in Search of an Author in the West End. His adaptation of Be Near Me is his first play.