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Sing Me A Song: The Robert Louis Stevenson Show (Neil Adam And Judy Turner)

By | Published on Tuesday 6 August 2019

A ‘Treasure Island’ of a show, the songs were Neil Adams’ settings of Stevenson’s poems, illustrated with original photographs and a warmly narrated, insightful biography. The Australian duo drew out the easy, conversational style of the poems in folk arrangements for guitar, fiddle and ukulele, neatly avoiding any tartan and shortbread type clichés that can creep into shows about Scottish people. ‘Escape At Bedtime’, concerning Stevenson’s sickly childhood, came alive in the musicians’ hands, communicating wonder with no trace of self pity. Touching, compelling and humorous, their clever use of apt quotations, photographs and pithy anecdotes drew out the mixture of wit and pathos that characterised Stevenson’s life, impressing upon the audience his great appetite for travel and adventure.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, until 11 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]