Julian Barnes' novel tells the astonishing story of the real life case in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found himself playing detective. Birmingham solicitor
George Edalji has been found guilty of maiming six horses and sentenced to
seven years imprisonment. Desperate to prove his innocence, he recruits the
help of crime writer Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, to help solve
his case and win him a pardon. This powerful new stage adaptation vividly brings to life the events which made sensational headlines as The Great Wyrley Outrages in 1903.
DAVID EDGAR is best known for his adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby for the RSC, for whom he also wrote Destiny, Maydays, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Pentecost and The Prisoner's Dilemma. His plays at the National include The Shape of the Table, Entertaining Strangers with Judi Dench, Albert Speer and Playing with Fire. His two most recent are Testing the Echo, which toured the UK in 2008, and A Time to Keep, a community play for Dorchester. His book How Plays Work was published by NHB in 2009. He lives in Birmingham.