THE curtain goes up on a stage version of classic Scottish novel Sunset Song tomorrow evening for a three night run at The Albany in Greenock.

Thistle Theatre Company are bringing the book, set in rural north east Scotland before the First World War, to life with their new production.

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The drama group chose the Lewis Grassic Gibbon tale to mark their 20th anniversary and the show will be directed by Lynsey Mitchell.

Lynsey, a drama teacher at St Columba's High School, said: “The text is an iconic piece of Scottish literature and is considered to be one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century."

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Rebecca McLaughlin and Graham Currie play lead characters Chris Guthrie and Ewan Tavendale.

The play is set on the east coast of Scotland and the cast have enjoyed the challenge of mastering the east coast accent and nuances of the dialect as well as exploring the timeless themes of community, tradition and gender roles.

Joining Graham and Rebecca are another seven actors who are no strangers to Thistle productions,  including Cameron Bennett, 22, who has been acting with Thistle since he was seven years old.

Lynsey, who is also artistic director of the academy said: "We have a really talented and skilled cast. I have integrated traditional music and movement into the production as a nod to our culture and the cast are on stage all of the time, with some multi-rolling, which demands incredible focus."

Sunset Song runs at the Albany until Saturday and tickets are available via