Blackwatch

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This article is from 2006.

It's when the process of writing becomes the play itself that this work really shows its mettle: a fine script written about the here and now. This is great theatre. This whole show rings with the authenticity, integrity, respect, balance and vision present in the writing. The cast, direction, movement, music, sound, set and lighting design speak of great collaboration at its heart.

A standing ovation, a rare thing in the theatre, greeted the cast at the end, with over half the audience on their feet by the second call. About the Scottish Black Watch, its long history, its recent past and dwindling future, it uses conversations with former members of the regiment who saw action in Iraq, providing the writer with the master stoke of an idea of how to frame the whole piece. By talking with the soldiers about what the play itself is going to be about - them - it's immediately fresh, sobering, honest and alive and, in its unsentimentality, moving. (Eliza Langland)

University of Edinburgh Drill Hall, 0131 228 1404, until 27 Aug (not 14&21), 8.30pm.

This article is from 2006.

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