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 EDINBURGH FRINGE: The Garden of Delight at Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens ****

Published by: Clare Brotherwood on 11th Aug 2018 | View all blogs by Clare Brotherwood

Though said to be suitable for four to 10-year-olds, if you want a magical experience away from the crowds of Edinburgh town, you couldn’t do much better than see this show.

Produced by Theatre Alba, who have been championing plays in the Scots tongue since 1981, The Garden of Delight is an interactive promenade performance, written by Clunie Mackenzie, with live music and singing and an important message - that we must look after the world we live in.

Led by Tumshie, a colourful jester played with warmth and sparkle by Robert Williamson, the audience is led through the beautiful lochside gardens at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, created from a wilderness by Drs Nancy and Andrew Neil. They alone are well worth a visit, but in this production they provide the backdrop for a enchanting journey into the fairy kingdom of Alban where the Boggarts hate everything that is bonnie - trees, flowers and fluffy wee animals - and are out to destroy it.

Along the way we encounter various characters who need our help and who show us how to use our five senses in order to rid the land of the big-footed Boggarts with plooks who are killing trees and poisoning the water of the loch.

Don’t worry about the Scots dialect. It’s not too broad and only adds to the delight of this little oasis in the mad world that is the Edinburgh Fringe.

The Garden of Delight is at Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens (Venue 121) daily at 2pm until Aug 19 (except for the 15,16 and 17).

 

Box Office: 0131 226 0000 or on the door. www.theatre.alba.com

 

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