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LIFE ACCORDING TO SAKI by Katherine Rundell.
Laurels: winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2016.

2016/17        Edinburgh & New York

1916. In the trenches of the Somme, a soldier tells stories. That soldier is Saki. As he and his fellow soldiers bear witness to a world turned on its head, they find refuge in the bizarre world of the imagination - Saki's world. 

The best stories are true enough to be interesting - and not true enough to be tedious.

Atticist's first play - and the first play by award-winning children's author Katherine Rundell - premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. It won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2016 and transferred to New York's 4th Street Theatre in February/March 2017.

"Do one thing for me, Sredni Vashtar!"

Saki was the pen name of early-twentieth-century satirist Hector Hugh Munro. Somewhere between Oscar Wilde and Roald Dahl, Saki’s creations are witty, absurd, and peculiarly optimistic. Katherine Rundell is the author of The Good Thieves, The Explorer (Costa Children's Book Award), Rooftoppers (Waterstones Children's Book Prize), Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, UK: The Girl Savage), and The Wolf Wilder.

In memory of our friend Rudolph Greditor Slobins.

The stories march on, when we cannot march.


Eddie Arnold (Edinburgh)

Phoebe Frances Brown

Ellen Francis

Tom Lambert

Tom Machell (New York)

David Paisley

Caitlin Thorburn

Written by Katherine Rundell

Direction Jessica Lazar

Set/Costume Design Anna Lewis

Lighting Design David Doyle

Choreography Ed Addison

Producers Bridie Bischoff and Tom Ford

Stage Manager (UK) Florence Walker

Additional Technician (UK) Hannah Fisher

Construction (UK) Charlotte Meakin

Publicist (UK) Chris Hislop PR

Publicist (US) Karen Greco

Over two sell-out runs, LIFE ACCORDING TO SAKI received 11 ★★★★★ and 6 ★★★★ reviews, including:

★★★★★ British Theatre Guide: a 'show to savour'

★★★★★ Broadway Baby: 'pitched perfectly...the cast are exceptional'

★★★★ The Telegraph: 'first-rate puppetry, masked theatre and slick ensemble choreography...alive with energy.'

★★★★ The List: 'a grand tour of the human condition...Deftly blending joyful surrealism with existential pause'

Illustration: 'Saki (H. H. Munro)' by Chris Riddell - Saki lights a cigarette.
Life According to Saki collage by Charlotte Cory

Left: SAKI (H. H. Munro) © Chris Riddell (created for Edinburgh 2016)

Right: BADGER © Charlotte Cory (created for New York 2017)

Artworks used by kind permission of the artists.

New York collage and typography by Kinsmen Collective.

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