It’s all Gaelic to me. But the audience who are appreciative enough to demand three curtain calls are not all speakers of the language. The true story of Angus MacPhee, one of traditional island life contrasted with the horrors of war, is played out by puppets and actors in full-head masks, softening the atrocities presented. It can feel like one has stumbled into a strange artwork, especially with the fragmented set onto which images are projected. Yet while swaths of the play have no words, much of the narration and all the songs are in Gaelic. It is still understandable, and if you just want to soak up Island culture with these haunting laments that’s fine, but I felt left out.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 16-26 Aug, 4.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Lia Sanders]