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This article is from 2012


Poignant site-specific evocation of life and loss

After the success of last year’s Allotment, Nutshell Theatre returns with an immersive evocation of nostalgia, memory and love as the forces that bind us together in the second part of their thematic trilogy. The audience is invited to the Burntisland beetle drive and, after a furious round of the game reminiscent of Women’s Institutes and Rotary clubs everywhere, the life stories of Joan, husband William and best friend Izzy take over.

The experience is less a recreation and more a trip through a time portal. The props are real – like the antique sewing box from which director Kate Nelson sought inspiration for the show – and the characters are similarly authentic. From a script littered with little references to life on the east coast of Scotland in the 1950s and ‘60s, Claire Dargo, Stephen Docherty and Mary Gapinksi compellingly embody the magnitude and minutiae of their characters to create an enthralling and poignant performance that simultaneously displays immense artistic ability and feels like a slice of real life.

Assembly St Mark’s, 623 3030, until 26 Aug (not 20), times vary, £10 (£8.50).


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The interweaving lives of three girls living in a Scottish coastal town in the 1950s, brought together at a church beetle drive.

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