This play, based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Andrew Hagan, is set in the 1980s in a small West Ayrshire town which once thrived on the coal and steel industries.
The town has been devastated by unemployment and plagued by the accompanying poverty, alcoholism and mental illness.
Ian McDiarmid adapted the book for the stage. He also stars as an aging priest who is a long way from home and befriends two disruptive school students.
Questions of morality, media sensationalism, sectarianism and abuse of trust are among the many issues raised by this perceptive and enthralling play.
Be Near Me
The Lowry, Salford, until 2 May,
then touring to Leicester and Truro