Margaret Saves Scotland, the latest offering in the A Play, A Pie and A Pint season, marks the return of Val McDermid to the stage. Anyone expecting a taut and bloody crime thriller, however, should be warned that this is a low-key piece, wistful and almost wilfully slight.
One of the strongest points of Gary McNair’s lovable, almost-poetic telling of McGonagall’s life is the pathos it evokes when detailing the onstage abuse he received. It also confronts the problem of how this barracking has been continued long after his death, by the constant kicking he still gets from people who wouldn’t know poetry if it bit them on the bahookie.
Giles Croft, the artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse, is perhaps best known to Edinburgh audiences as the director of the West End and touring adaptation of The Kite Runner, but here turns performer in a one-man show about his ‘third cousin once removed’, the Scottish endurance swimmer Jabez ‘Jappy’ Wolffe.
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