Me and Mrs G went to see this highly recommended production yesterday and just managed to squeeze in with the last two seats in the theatre.
Let’s start on a plus note. The visual effects are stunning as is most of the acting, but especially the quite extraordinary Kath Howden. the music and sound add greatly to the experience and my overall take on it was positive. Good but not great I’d say.
The story is interesting and the dialogue is really good but something was missing for me (and I suspect most of the audience because the applause at the end was more grateful and polite than raucous).
It’s about the burning of The Last Witch in Scotland (in Dornach of all places in 1727) and I liked the way the story really centered on this madwoman’s affection for her daughter and her blind belief that she was indeed a witch when in fact she was really just an illusionist (and olden days junkie). The story of the daughter (played beautifully by Hannah Donaldson) was what actually gripped me most because there was just the suggestion that she (not her mother) might indeed be touched by the hand of the devil.
Rona Munro, in her programme notes, told us that there were many ways she could have told the tale (one thought was that the Witch may have had an ancient version of Alzheimers) and although I very much enjoyed the dialogue I just felt it missed a beat somewhere along the way.