Saturday, 13 May 2017

Theatre: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart........

Venture across the wintry Scottish Borders for Eastern Angles’s next spring tour show – The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig.
Follow Prudencia – an academic on her way to attend a conference in Kelso. As snow starts to fall, she begins a mystical adventure of self-discovery accompanied by plenty of folky musical moments. The strange and beautiful Scottish tale is told by four mischievous storytellers. Sometimes they speak in boombastic rhyming verse, sometimes through beguiling traditional folk songs, which will set your toes tapping and your heart racing!
Originally produced by National Theatre of Scotland in 2011, Eastern Angles' production will tour across the East from 15th March starting at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket.

Part live folk-gig, part folk tale, part barn-storming comedy - David Greig’s modern play will thrill and haunt in equal measure.

"Strange" definitely,  "beautiful" hmm not that I could see.

Really not sure what to say about this one which I saw with Daughter and R. My first comment as we left the lovely small Sir John Mills Theatre was "Well they all worked really hard, didn't they?" Daughter laughed saying "I just knew you'd say that". Well I do like to start with a positive lol.

Just four performers and their musicianship and voices were really good. The Scottish folk singing was entertaining but the actual story was weird and got quite surreal in places. There were some clever uses of the limited space and the rhyming word play was quite funny in a few places, but for a script that was so weird it went on far too long.

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