Thanks to Michael Daviot for the information and quoted comments on which much of this page is based.
Monologue about Fanny, performed by Bowman’s daughter, Gill Bowman, “which, through telling her story, creates a true word picture of RLS.” First performed by Gill Bowman during the 1997 Edinburgh Festival and then taken on tour.
RLS falls ill on an ill-equipped camping trip into the Carmel Valley in 1879. Feverishly, he relives his formative years: Edinburgh childhood, the vie de Boheme, travels in France, his meeting with Fanny, and his misadventures as an “amateur emigrant” pursuing her to Monterey, California. Performed at the Monterey Public Library, November 2013.
Solo play, written and performed by John Cairney, based on the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson. It was first performed at the Solsgirth Theatre Club, Glasgow, 1973, thereafter for the Keedick Lecture Bureau Tours in the USA (1978-1979) and the British Council in Samoa for the 1994 Stevenson Celebrations
“A monologue crafted from Stevenson’s own writings, also performed by Cairney, which conveys much of the essence of Stevenson in dramatic form.” Given before an audience of lawyers in the Signet Library, Edinburgh, in January 1995.
A threnody for RLS, a radio play, written by John Cairney, who played RLS in the radio production. It was awarded a gold medal in the Radio New Zealand Mobil Awards
Duologue, adapted from Cairney’s Stevenson solo ‘Mr RLS’. First performed by Alannah O’Sullivan and John Cairney at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews in 1980 and thereafter in the USA, East Asia (supported by the British Council) and on P&O Cruises worldwide
“Deals with RLS’s roistering ‘velvet-coat’ days as a young man. Very much an Edinburgh play, written by one of Scotland’s finest playwrights”
“A play for three actors about RLS (played by Michael Daviot) and Fanny, intended to rescue her from the misogynistic slurs of biographers and to present a truthful, credible portrait of RLS and their relationship.” The third main character is Sidney Colvin. “A gem of a play….beautifully written, sensitive and intelligent. Try to see this, even if you see nothing else on the Fringe” (The Scotsman, 23/8/99)
One-man-show, performed in Monterey 26 Aug. 2000 (but based on earlier performances and still presented as a work-in-progress): deals with RLS’s stay in Monterey and the events leading up to it
“An impression of Robert Louis Stevenson. Two Scottish actors explore his life and imagination in a dream-like treasure hunt for the mercurial RLS”
Exploration of Stevenson’s character and formative Edinburgh years together with a selections of his heroes and villains. Performed by the Crossfire Theatre Company in Queen Street Gardens in August 2000 and 2001
Two-actor piece by Doppelganger Productions (Bournemouth) about RLS’s life in Bournemouth and the writing of Jekyll and Hyde. First performances in Bournemouth and area, October 2012; director, Jon Nicholas; cast, Mark Freestone, Rebecca Legrand.
BBC TV production of the play in the”‘Sunday Night Theatre” series (Season 1, Episode 46), 12 November 1950, with Andrew Faulds as RLS
First presented at the Aberdeen Arts Centre in March 1973, then at the Edinburgh Festival in 1974. “A play for 2 actors, who principally portray RLS and Fanny, but also present, among others, Thomas Stevenson (RLS’s father) and Cummy (his childhood nurse). All the dialogue is taken from RLS’s writings.” Published, Paisley: Wilfion (1984). The original script was for a radio broadcast.
Set in the strange and supernatural surroundings of Samoa and Tahiti, Death of Long Pig explores the duality of experience from the perspectives of two great artists as they usher death into their island homes. As the final hour approaches, they face the eternal question: is it how we prepare for death that really governs the way we live?’. Finsborough Theatre, London, July 2009 (dir. Alexander Summers). Planer gives an account of the writing and production of the play in ‘Death of Long Pig’, Journal of Stevenson Studies 10 (2013), 186-198.
[Rosen, Louis et al. (2000). A Child’s Garden – see Stage Versions of Stevenson’s Works]
BBC Radio 4 dramatization November 2000 (rebroadcast on BBC Radio 4 (‘The Saturday Play’) June 2002). At Vailima, his home in Samoa, Robert Louis Stevenson attempts to dispel some of the romantic myths which have built up around him, as he looks back over his life. Written by John Sessions, who also plays the part of RLS, with Phyllis Logan and Paul Young; directed by Bruce Young. Script in University of Glasgow Library, Special Collections
Musical drama concerning the life and times of Robert Louis Stevenson)
“A perennially popular full-length monologue, performed frequently by Jack Shedden.” The construction is of “RLS becoming, in memory, his own young self, his father, Cummy etc. Thompson uses none of RLS’s own words and presents an emphatically SCOTCH Stevenson”. Frequent one way interactions with invisible characters from the author’s life. Published in: Port and Lemon: the mystery behind Sherlock Holmes: a play ; The Laird of Samoa: a play. Edinburgh: Diehard (1994)
Musical of Stevenson’s life 1873-1894, first performed at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, July 1994