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Hyde & Seek (Elsewhere and Otherwise in association with Peppermint Muse)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

This is a thoroughly engrossing show that’s a little hard to categorise. Actor and writer Michael Daviot presents a fascinating mix of drama and storytelling, all connected to Robert Louis Stevenson’s most famous creation, ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. Daviot recounts stories from Stevenson’s life – his inspirations, quirks and characteristics, as well as his own anecdotes. These were often astoundingly frank, as he delved into the darker aspects of his own psyche that have parallels with Hyde’s: drugs, violence and mental health. A number of excerpts from the novel complete the play, and the interplay between these three strands – biography, autobiography and fiction – is endlessly rewarding. A fine reflection on a fine bogey tale!

C nova, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]