David Leddy's Sub Rosa

This article is from 2010

David Leddy's Sub Rosa

Gothic late-night promenade through Masonic lodge

This gothic Victorian promenade show takes a small audience on a late-night tour of a Masonic lodge. Ghosts lead you through hidden rooms and into derelict corners, the darkness beyond getting more profound as the intensity of your anxiety rises with each step. Eventually, you’ll meet a motley crew who regale you with various stories about how a chorus girl met a grisly end beneath the stage while the show carried on above her. But who was truly responsible for this horror? And will an attempted plot to overthrow the malevolent theatre management succeed?

This devastating work gets its Edinburgh debut having trodden the creaky boards at the Citizens Theatre, and cements David Leddy’s reputation as a man who does little wrong in the field of site-specific theatre. In Hill Street, you’ll hope that no one will hear you scream.

Hill Street Theatre, Hill Street, 0131 226 6522, 7–30 Aug (not 10, 17, 24), every 20 minutes from 10.20pm–11.20pm; midnight–12.40am (£10–£15). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £7.

David Leddy's 'Sub Rosa'

  • 4 stars

A late-night gothic Victorian promenade for small audiences in a Masonic lodge, by award-winning 'theatrical maverick' (Financial Times) and 'site-specific genius' (Scotsman). A haunting, darkly comic tale of yet another chorus girl burning to death. Meet Flora McIvor and witness her meteoric rise to power in a corrupt…

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