The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart: A Review
West Kilbride Village Hall, Tuesday 1st May 2012
Take five energetic, multi-tasking actor-musicians, a pawky script and a sell-out audience, and you have a recipe for success. The handful of players from the National Theatre of Scotland merited their enthusiastic response and made more of David Greig’s uneven script than perhaps it deserved. Wils Wilson’s direction showed great ingenuity in conjuring car and motorbike rides, whilst scenes of Hell, housing estates and the blizzards of 2010 were similarly spirited from minimal items of furniture, costume and shredded napkins.
Prudencia Hart is a scholar of the ‘old school’. Her study of folklore centres on the objective interpretation of ballads and their associated contemporary records. Her thesis on ‘The Topography of Hell’ describes the features of the underworld as depicted in the texts of traditional songs. Such diligent and detached scholarship has become deeply…
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