Coming to Edinburgh to watch a Scottish company perform two little-known Irish plays in an isolated village within the city limits is an odd adventure. Theatre Alba’s amateur group perform plays by Yeats and Synge in Duddingston Kirk Manse garden, which overlooks a small loch at the end of a very pleasant walk around the base of Arthur’s Seat. The location is perfect for these two early 20th century plays by two of Ireland’s most famous writers, set in small, continually blighted Irish communities, loaded with widows, superstitions and the ghosts of the Irish dead. The plays lack drama, which is perhaps why they’re not often performed, but the cast are striking and the location alone is worth the walk.
Duddingston Kirk Manse Garden, 31 Jul-4 Aug, 12:30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Thom May]