‘McCall Smith’s succinct libretto is spun by composer Tom Cunningham into gorgeous tuneful melodies that linger’
Scotsman ***** (on The Okavango Macbeth)
Alexander McCall Smith and composer Tom Cunningham celebrate a century of vibrant and colourful Dovecot tapestries in the world premiere of this dramatised production featuring some of Scotland’s most exciting young singers and musicians. Performed on the Dovecot weaving floor, alongside the looms on which the tapestries are created, audiences will be taken on an atmospheric and often poignant journey inspired by the Studios’ world-famous tapestries via songs, music and the spoken word.
Alexander McCall Smith and Tom Cunningham have previously collaborated on The Okavango Macbeth, a chamber opera which opened in Botswana in 2009 receiving its European premiere at Dovecot later that year.
A recording of the piece will be released on Delphian Records to coincide with the performance.
Written by Alexander McCall Smith
Composed by Tom Cunningham
Directed by Mark Hathaway
Featuring Beth Mackay mezzo-soprano, Andrew McTaggart baritone,Stuart Hope piano and Jacqueline Norrie violin
4 – 15 August 2012 (not 8 & 9)
Aug 4, 11 19:30 (1hr) £16.00 (£15.00)
Aug 5-7, 10, 12-15 18:30 (1hr) £15.00 (£14.00)
Book online at www.edfringe.com
In person at the Fringe Box Office (180 High Street, Edinburgh) and over the phone on: +44 (0)131 226 0000