Rebecca Sharp visits the home of Marion Campbell

Rebecca Sharp is continuing work on her plays Little Forks, and The Air that Carries the Weight, which were both presented at our November Rehearsal Room and have since been commissioned by Stellar Quines.

This June Rebecca spent time on a writers retreat at Scottish writer and archaeologist Marion Campbell’s home Kilberry Castle Cottage. Marion, and her novel The Dark Twin have inspired and influenced both plays, but particularly The Air that Carries the Weight in which Marion’s character features.

Rebecca has kindly shared some notes and photographs from what sounds like an inspiring visit, we hope you enjoy them.

“Had a wonderful time at Kilberry – the cottage was great, I was writing in the same room that Marion wrote in!
I met with John Campbell (Marion’s nephew) and his wife Charmian, who currently live in the castle. They were very generous with their time and talking with me about Marion and Mary, also showed me round the castle.

I wrote a lot!  And clarified a great deal about how the characters relate to each other: it will be Isobel, Yvonne and Marion.

Found an amazing tree in the castle grounds, that had fallen over leaving a huge wall of roots – you’ll see… Also Marion’s stone in the family mausoleum – John said that she didn’t want a standard headstone, but requested that he find a stone from the beach, which he did. Lots of lovely anecdotes about Marion and Mary – beautiful images, like Charmian finding drawers and cupboards full of hundreds of knitting needles: after Marion and Mary moved out the castle and down to cottage, they left a lot of things behind – with so much space, nothing was thrown out!”