Diary of a Madman by Al Smith is on at the Gate Theatre from 28th July to 24th September. It will be directed by Artistic Director Christopher Haydon. The Gate is looking for a new Artistic Director and I am not sure how long Haydon has left so it is worth seeing this production. If you think you are going it helps local theatres a great deal if you book so they have an idea of numbers of bums on seats. I am going the first week in August btw. Here is the blurb so you get a handle on the story which I think sounds gripping frankly.
Pop Sheeran shoulders the family trade of restoring Scotland’s iconic Forth Rail Bridge with pride. In Pop’s head lurks an illness that has been kept stable by modern medicine, his loving wife, and teenage daughter. But his stability, family and sanity are threatened when he discovers that his bridge has been put up for sale. To make matters worse, a young Englishman arrives at his home catching the eye of his teenage daughter. Al Smith’s Diary of a Madman is the portrait of a man spiralling towards insanity, when his senses of personal, professional and national identity are all challenged. gatetheatre.