In a world full of fear and worry, we all need a reminder that there’s still hope. Luckily, in The Man Who Planted Trees at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, two storytellers and their puppets are here to give us just that.
Twa, the collaboration between writer Annie George and visual artist Flore Gardner at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, is a lucid and involving production.
Nasty truths lie behind the cartoonish nature of The Laird’s Big Breaxit in the Library at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Gentle as the velvet of a puppy’s ear, yet unafraid to take a deadpan gawp at a recently demised goldfish, Animals, Greg Sinclair’s examination of childhood tales of animals, is a constant revelation of delight and surprise.
In this reverent, haunting and heartfelt production of Arandora Star at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Theatre Objectiv both condemns and exonerates in their efforts to give a voice to an oft-forgotten past.
Living with the lights on is centred around my time at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1995. It was there that the odd and bizarre began happening to me and I had no idea what, why or how to stop it. I was going really well as a successful young actor. Then things began to fall apart.
Hugely involving: An outstanding display of acting is given by Robin Thomson, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first professional appearance by reviving his 2003 performance as James VI in Donald Smith’s Cradle King in the John Knox House.
Smooth: Revealing and emotional, Robert Burns: Rough Cut at the Storytelling Centre presents a thoroughly believable portrait of the poet.
✭✭✭✭✩ Love and regret
Theatre Objektiv brings alive a story of love and hope born from the abject trauma of war. While heart-warming, there’s also something unnerving in their telling of the tale.
The woman who told the stories was called Fiona Herbert. The stories were about some eejits and someone who has lots of hissy fits. An eejit is another word for a silly-billy.
Sometimes the stories made me feel scared but sometimes they were very funny. There were some surprises as well!