The Silver Darlings
Strong, unflashy retelling of classic Scottish novel
This article is from 2010.
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).