Hermiston (4 stars)

  • List.co.uk
  • 21 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Charting the turbulent relationship between notorious hanging judge Lord Hermiston (Michael Mackenzie), his radical son Archie (Grant O’Rourke), and their housekeeper Kirstie (Isabella Jarrett), writer/director John Carnegie transposes Robert Louis Stevenson’s work to the revolutionary year 1792, focusing on the upheaval from the Scots Establishment to the enlightenment. Simply and effectively staged, Rowan Tree Theatre’s version of Stevenson’s unfinished novel grows over its course into a searing story of love, murder and loss. Deftly acted and delivered in glorious Scottish tongue, it cleverly doesn’t mimic Stevenson’s style, instead liberating the source text in broad sweeps of energetic humour, passion and folk song. (Lindsay Corr)

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 556 9579, until 26 Aug, 8pm, £10 (£8).

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