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Guffy (Glenna Morrison / Pitlochry Festival Theatre / Pleasance)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2023

Guffy loves her baby and aspires to be a good mother. Played to perfection by Georgia Blue Ireland, she has a chippy, fragile self-esteem despite living (figuratively and literally) at the Bottom End. Her adoptive mother is equally strongly played by Ceit Kearney but overall there’s little dramatic tension in this piece. The allegory of modern Scotland, its past, present and future, is neither developed nor helped by a brief concluding radio news extract. I found the Scots dialect in which it is written pretty demanding, not least because of its sad banality. The story is unrelentingly bleak, with no redemption offered for any of the characters. If this is the future of Scotland, we should be worried indeed.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Alan Cranston]