DAVID GREIG’S ACCLAIMED THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART GETS ITS REGIONAL THEATRE PREMIERE AT THE NEW VIC THEATRE
The New Vic Theatre will stage the regional theatre premiere of David Greig’s acclaimed tale of surreal self-discovery The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart this summer.
An anarchic piece of theatre, the New Vic’s in-the-round production of the award-winning play takes centre-stage from Friday 28 June to Saturday 13 July and will transport audiences into a world brimming with wit, strange goings on and spellbinding live music.
Set in midwinter in the snowy Scottish borders, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart ventures into a magical world where anything is possible but nothing is as it seems. Cautious academic Prudencia Hart sets off to attend a conference in Kelso, Scotland, but finds herself trapped inside her own personal hell – at a pub lock-in, where drink is flowing freely, revellers are revelling and all around her people are singing their own Border ballads.
Escaping the lock-in, the snow is falling thickly asshe encounters a friendly stranger who offers to help. It looks like she’ll find her way back to the warm but what she’s not expecting is to find herself at the edge of reality…
Written as a long poem, dark yet playful The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart weaves a romp of rhyming couplets, folk storytelling and wild music inspired by Border ballads performed live on-stage
Anna Marsland (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre; Macbeths, The Hope Theatre) returns to the New Vic to direct the production having launched her career at the theatre-in-the-round as Assistant Director on A Christmas Carol in 2012.
A talented cast of five will bring Greig’s characters to life: Suni La (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre; Because We Want To: Two Birds One Stone, The Rose Playhouse) plays serious and straight-laced PHD student Prudencia Hart; Matthew McVarish (Titus, National Theatre of Scotland; Love Song to Lavender Menace, Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival) plays the football loving Colin and Ensemble roles; David Fairs (I Know You Of Old, RSC; The Blue Bird, New Wimbledon Theatre) plays the devilishly mysterious Nick and Ensemble roles; Alice Blundell (No Miracles Here, national tour; Pied Piper, Goblin/ Cornerstone Arts Centre) plays the ethereal and mystical Estate Woman and Ensemble roles; and Eleanor House (Rebus: Long Shadows, Birmingham Rep; Passing Places, Dundee Rep) plays Professor MacIntosh.
First staged at the National Theatre of Scotland in 2011, David Greig’s play won a Herald Angel award at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland 2010-2011 and a 2017 Drama Desk award.