It’s a rare hot morning in Charlotte Square. The sun beats down on the roof of the ScottishPower Studio Theatre; inside, the audience are sitting very close to each other in the narrow rows. Yet most of them are shivering. It can only be because, at the front of the tent, Michelle Paver is reading from her deliciously creepy Arctic ghost story, ‘Dark Matter’. Atmospheric and chilling, the tale makes the spine tingle. John Harding follows her with an excerpt from his modern take on ‘The Turn of the Screw’, ‘Florence and Giles’; his playful language is an absolute treat. They both answer questions with vivacity and flair; Paver, in particular, endearingly double-checks her answers with Harding throughout. Wonderful stuff.
ScottishPower Studio Theatre, 17 Aug, 12.00pm (1.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00, bfpp18.