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Midsummer (National Theatre of Scotland / David Greig / Gordon McIntyre / Kate Hewitt)

By | Published on Tuesday 14 August 2018

Revived and expanded from its original incarnation, ‘Midsummer’ tells of a chance encounter between Helena and Bob in an Edinburgh wine bar. Riotous sex ensues, leading into a weekend of assorted comic hijinks involving drink, low-level organised crime, a ruined wedding, Japanese rope bondage and more drink, all punctuated by great songs. Helena and Bob are accompanied by ‘older Helena and Bob’, alternating lines of dialogue, a reflection on how we choose to relate our memories and stories. The device is effective in adding layers of emotional complexity, and is one of several ambitious elements to the staging. A lot is asked of the performers, and they pull it off with terrific aplomb. An utterly joyful paean to life, love and Edinburgh.

The Hub, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]

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