This article is from 2010


Richly atmospheric exploration of human-wolf relations

Inspired by current proposals to reintroduce wolves into the Scottish highlands (the last wolf north of the border was killed back in 1769), the debut production by director Kath Burlinson’s Authentic Artistic Collective (drawing performers from Cirque du Soleil, Kneehigh and the David Glass Ensemble) explores the ecology and mythology of the creatures that inspire both fear and fascination. Less an issue-driven piece than a meditation on the relationship between wolf and human, the show, written by the National Theatre of Scotland’s Iain Finlay Macleod (St Kilda – the Opera), combines physical storytelling, song and interactive elements aimed at creating a richly atmospheric experience.

‘Our enduring fascination with wolves is because of our proximity to them and the way we can recognise similarities in the way they organise themselves socially and the fact that we share the same food source,’ says Macleod. ‘I think it’s that proximity that has resulted in us creating fairy tales in which the wolf symbolises various aspects of ourselves that we like or dislike. We attempt to explore some of that in Wolf.’

Just the Tonic at the Caves, 556 5375, 12.15pm, Aug 7–29 Aug (not 17), £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5.


  • 3 stars

Let us prey. Theatre for the senses exploring ecology/psychology/mythology of wolf/human relationships. Sexy, unpredictable, magical journey in Edinburgh's atmospheric caves. It's about our ears, all the better to hear you with. And noses, all the better to smell you with. And how we understand the pack, the loner and our…