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Blood And Gold (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh / Mara Menzies)

By | Published on Sunday 28 August 2022

We live by stories, and here we have a wonderful celebration of storytelling itself. Mara Menzies, at the top of her craft, shows how stories offer far more than quiet enjoyment. Her beautifully told tales are about coping with fear, acquiring strength and wisdom and much more. They derive from culture and community but speak to us directly if we are listening. They must also be constantly spun afresh with clear and strong new words against tricksy false narrative. Mara values stories from Scotland as from her native Kenya and this piece is not directly ‘about’ slavery, invented tradition, or any other tangible. Rather, she seeks to explore how stories, especially older ones help us manage our darker demons. Excellent.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Alan Cranston]