Press and Reviews
BBC Interview on Janice Forsyth Show
SUMMERHALL, EDINBURGH, JUNE 2016
“It’s a delicate and intimate piece about lost ways of life…the show as a whole has a gentle, spectral quality. It invites you to think about change, but also about absence, the things that vanish and the things that remain. It’s political, but gentle with it, dream-like, time-tossed.”
**** THE STAGE
“There are times when it feels more like being inside an art installation listening to a documentary than in a piece of theatre, but when it comes together dramatically – as it does when we become guests at a traditional island ceilidh – it does so very powerfully…it’s a rare and valuable chance to hear these issues raised. The multi-layered approach means the show also challenges us, the audience, about any misty-eyed nostalgia we might be clinging to for this way of life in contemporary Scotland.”
**** THE SCOTSMAN
“A feast of an uncommon sort of storytelling as it pulls the audience into a personal but also an ethnographic experience. This is not only an audiovisual encounter of the lonely and the haunting, it also becomes an intimate sensory confession of what it is to be a Scot. Artistically challenging and emotional experience, it is a fascinating journey through the Hebrides of eyes and of heart.”
**** ED FEST MAG
“In the basement of Summerhall, the pair has created an immersive multimedia performance, which, when all the elements combine, is a poignant exploration of the fragments left behind in life. Avoiding the trap of nostalgia, this is a strong exploration of the dwindling of a culture, and the impact on community that has. The execution of so many technically complex elements is a joy to behold. The pair’s exploration is measured and offers a real insight into life in a small community. The technology woven into the piece feels particularly poignant given the thematic look at modernity’s impact on a community. A deft examination of an issue, The Dwelling Place, offers a different form of performance but one that is a real triumph.”
**** REVIEW HUB
CRYPTIC NIGHTS, CCA - GLASGOW, JUNE 2015
"The footage of a long-abandoned home with its decaying interiors and clutter of personal effects reached out to all of us. Stirred thoughts of loss and of leaving that shaded from the realm of stone and mortar towards mortality itself."
"It is at times reminiscent of Boards of Canada and the Radiophonic Workshop, with the hallucinatory quality of a fever dream, and yet it has a gritty sense of defiance, of survival and keeping the spirit of Old Scotland alive: there is nothing twee, haggisy or sentimental here."
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