Wolf is a innovative and well-imagined piece of theatre (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Wolf is a innovative and well-imagined piece of theatre

Engaging exploration of human/wolf relations

The audience heads into the Caves with a growing sense of trepidation. We’ve been told that the ‘wolves’ may want to touch, move or smell us. We’ve been told we should let them. We should also make ourselves comfortable; we’ll be standing throughout.

Entering the damp and dingy confines of the Caves, it’s clear that this atmospheric space is perfect for a show of this nature.

There’s no sense of following the (creative) pack here as a consummate ensemble explores the psychology and ecology of the human/wolf relationship, with an engaging, often playful script that toys with notions of mythology and fairytale, and freedom and individuality. Preying on the audience’s sense of containment, the wolves writhe, leap, grunt, pant and sing around us, revealing their own story. Instruments are used to dramatic effect, and the actors don’t just use the space, they inhabit it.

If there’s a criticism, it’s that the show can feel occasionally repetitive but this is innovative, well-imagined theatre nonetheless.

Just the Tonic at the Caves, 556 5375, until 29 Aug (not 17), 12.15pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).


  • 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…