‘Peter Arnott’s brilliant vignettes about a 1879 railway bridge disaster imagine the lives and hopes of passengers stalked by death. [Arnott] pulls it off brilliantly thanks to vivid writing, political nous and thematic unity.’
★★★★ The Guardian on Tay Bridge
‘a thrilling portrait of Scotland at that 19th century moment, with all its inequalities, hypocrisies, tensions and possibilities… offers an unforgettable insight into the terrible sense of shock and tragedy that swept over the city of Dundee, 140 years ago this winter.’
★★★★ The Scotsman on Tay Bridge
‘Riveting… intense… a dark exploration of fear – and of the moment you realise your fears are real… wonderfully chilling.’
★★★★★ Thom Dibdin, AllEdinburghTheatre.com on The Signalman
About the writer
Born in Glasgow in 1962, Peter Arnott is the writer of nearly fifty professionally produced stage plays including the award-winning The Breathing House (Lyceum, Edinburgh 2003, TMA Best New Play 2003) and Why Do You Stand There in the Rain? (Pepperdine University, Edinburgh Fringe First 2012) while his adaptation of Monarch of the Glen at Pitlochry Festival Theatre won the CATS Award for Best New Scottish Play of 2017/18. He has been Writer in Residence at Tron and the Traverse as well as at The National Library of Scotland and both the Genomics Forum and IASH at Edinburgh University.
Recent work includes: Unspotted Snow for Mull Theatre and Janis Joplin Full Tilt which has toured extensively, including a residency at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. His work has appeared in the USA and Australia, Russia and Finland. He is currently working on commissions from The National Theatre of Scotland and the Glasgow Citizens/Raw Material Arts. His first novel, Moon Country, was published by Vagabond Voices in 2015.