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The Good Doctor (Theatre Alba)

By | Published on Friday 12 August 2011

Standing in a quiet, beautiful garden that tumbles down towards a sparkling blue lake – Duddingston Kirk is certainly not your typical Fringe venue. The village is just outside the city centre, eight minutes by taxi or a picturesque walk through Holyrood Park. ‘The Good Doctor’ – a dramatisation of Chekhov’s short stories – is performed by a local amateur drama society and the whole thing has the excited feeling of a charming village fete. The cast are hilarious and utterly delightful, and the fact that these are not professional actors, but teachers and social workers, adds a wonderful sense of authenticity to Chekhov’s tales of comic provincial characters. Go for the gardens, for the beauty, and for the joy of this play.

Duddingston Kirk Manse Garden, 2 – 6 Aug, 12.30pm ((1.45pm), £5.00 – £7.00, fpp267.
tw rating 4/5