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Soddin’ Flodden (IDEOMS)

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Storytelling may only be one part of history, but it’s certainly the most enjoyable. This maxim is embodied in the latest work by history-buff John Nichol, ably supported by fiddler Lucy Cowan and  guitarist Hilary Bell. Through wit, general silliness and acute concision, they relate the events leading up to the Battle of Flodden in 1513, a key moment in the formation of Scottish historical identity. Adults might benefit more from this experience than kids: the speedy (but amusingly self-conscious) character swapping could be a bit too complex for a younger audience, who might also miss references to Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls and ‘Cabaret’. Nonetheless, a ripping good yarn that should have children amused, adults compelled, and both more knowledgeable. Oh, and cake is provided.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, until 17 Aug (not 12), 5.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Arjun Sajip]