THE play that helped propel a Dunfermline playwright to fame and fortune is to be performed in Dunfermline for the first time.

Gregory Burke is delightedthat Gagarin Way is coming to the Carnegie Hall as part of a UK tour.

Gregory � who also wrote the phenomenally successful Black Watch � said, "I am very happy that Gagarin Way is touring again with such a talented cast, nine years after it was last produced in Scotland.

"I am particularly pleased that it will be performed at the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline, as this will be the first time a piece of my work has been performed in my home town." First performed in 2001, Gagarin Way was the breakthrough for the former pupil of St Columba's High School, and has been produced all over the world.

It follows the story of a pair of Fife factory workers who kidnap their visiting boss to make a point � but what exactly is their point?

And do they all have the same agenda? The jokes come thick and fast in this politically charged satirical thriller about a human heist that goes wrong.

Very wrong.

Gregory wrote Gagarin Way after drawing on his own experience of working in the, now closed, Lexmark factory in Rosyth.

Scotland's foremost touring theatre company, Rapture, will celebrate the play's and their own 10th anniversary next year by taking the modern classic on the road with an all-star Scottish cast.

Directed by Michael Emans, it includes actor Dave Anderson, best known for City Lights and Gregory's Girl, as well as Jimmy Chisholm, Finn Den Hertog and Jordan Young.

Mr Emans, who is also the company's artistic director, said, "I am thrilled and excited to be celebrating our 10th anniversary by directing this great play and working with such a talented cast." Gagarin Way proved a smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Burke went on to write one of the most successful pieces of Scottish theatre of all time, Black Watch.

Produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, Black Watch was performed in London, New York, Los Angeles and Sydney, was broadcast on the BBC, and earned him a prestigious Writer's Guild Award.

His other plays include The Straits, On Tour, The Party and Hoors.

The 31-date tour of Gagarin Way starts in Dunfermline on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th February 2011.