The Silver Darlings (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

The Silver Darlings

Strong, unflashy retelling of classic Scottish novel

Peter Arnott’s adaptation of Neil Gunn’s classic Scottish novel, telling the semi-mythic story of a people driven from their North-Eastern lands into the early, often dangerous fishing industry is a nuanced and moving (if necessarily truncated) version of the book.

Kenny Ireland’s staging uses stylisation that’s effective but never flashy to tell his story, and the performances are universally enjoyable, with Lesley Hart’s put-upon, fragile yet strong mother a particular highlight.

Assembly Rooms, 662 3030, until 30 Aug (not 17, 24), 2.40pm, £18–£20 (£16–£18).

The Silver Darlings

  • 4 stars

Neil Gunn’s 'The Silver Darlings' is an epic adventure story, and one of the best loved Scottish novels of the 20th Century. Set in the early days of the herring fisheries around the Scottish coast, it combines human emotion with stormy seas in the story of a boy growing to manhood, of a man and woman finding love in the…