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'Loved the play, and the script is a joy on its own.' Andrew Greig, Herald Books of the Year

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David Greig was born in Edinburgh. His plays include Europe, The Architect, The Speculator, The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, Outlying Islands, San Diego, Pyrenees, The American Pilot, Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee , Damascus, Midsummer [a play with songs], Dunsinane, The Monster in the Hall and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. In 1990 he co-founded Suspect Culture to produce collaborative, experimental theatre work. His translations and adaptations include Camus's Caligula, Euripides' The Bacchae, Strindberg's Creditors and J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan.

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Beautiful 9 July 2013
By susannah - Published on
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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.
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If It's not Scottish, it's Crap!!! 16 Dec. 2012
By R. Blackthorn - Published on
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I have seen Prudencia Hart 3 times in as many months in multiple cities, and will be driving five hours to Michigan to see it for a fourth time in January. Yeah. It's that good. This play is simply incredible. It's arguably the best thing to happen to the stage since Shakespeare. For me, this is better than Shakespeare. I won't spoil it for you, but the play does revolve heavily around a Midwinter's night in Kelso. :)

Go see it live with the current cast of Andy, Alasdair, Annie, David and Melody if you can. You can find details on the National Theatre of Scotland's website.

If you can't make it to a show, at least pick it on the Kindle. It's simply magick.
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I bought this because... 4 Dec. 2012
By James Greenamyer - Published on
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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.
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Engaging, thoughtful, funny! 10 Dec. 2012
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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. [...]
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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.
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