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I saw this piece performed by The National Theater of Scotland at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and thought it was amazing. The first thing to know is that most of the play is written as a ballad, so, for the most part, there are no character assignments for lines like in most plays. The stage directions are also quite intriguing. While the stage directions of most plays simply give the blocking the stage director recorded for the first performance, such as "she walks DSL to table," the stage directions really don't dictate much of the movement in this play. Instead, they say things like "She falls through the years. Years and years. She falls from wild curiosity into a routine of work. She is caught." They almost seem like part of the ballad. I would recommend it to anyone who has seen it performed as it is a beautiful and thought provoking piece of theater, and reading it gives you the opportunity to really analyze it.
I went to see the play in a pub here in D.C. where I live. It is performed by five actors, who double as musicians, and at times as the stage set. There is no stage; the play is performed in the midst of the audience, indeed with audience participation! It is hilarious, and profound. It is almost entirely performed in verse, except for a section in the second act where it is prose. It is a brilliant piece of theatre, so I bought the script because the language is an integral part of the plot. I highly recommend it.
I saw the same play as the reviewer above and agree that it is an engaging and absorbing piece of work - and very funny! The National Theater of Scotland is bringing it to Ann Arbor, Austin, Davis (CA), and Vancouver soon. I am buying the play because I want to think more about the structure of the play and the interweaving of Scottish folk ballads in the plot. I don't know if reading the script will give one the same effect as seeing it performed so definitely try to see a performance. [...]
The book of the wildly amusing, insanely clever piece of theater as performed by the National Theater of Scotland on a recent world tour - "One Helluva Grand Show" according to one critic. See the show first and the book will bring it back to life - read the book first to prepare yourself for a memorable theatrical experience. Like the previous NTS production, "Black Watch," "Prudencia" should be available on video.