On a remote Scottish island, the Loch Parry Theatre Players mount their am-dram version of The Wicker Man...
Written by Greg Hemphill and Donald McLeary
Directed by Vicky Featherstone
Based on the Motion Picture "The Wicker Man", Motion Picture Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, composed by Paul Giovanni, and the novel Ritual by David Pinner. And by Special Arrangement with StudioCanal.
On a remote and distant Scottish island, amateur theatre company the Loch Parry Players are rehearsing a stage version of The Wicker Man. However, their leading man has gone missing in 'mysterious circumstances', so they've hired an actor - who plays a cop on the telly -- to come over from the mainland and step in at the last minute.
So far so good, but what they haven't told him is that there's just 24 hours before opening night. Not only that, they've also failed to mention that he'll have to learn a host of song and dance routines, deal with amazingly bad acting from the rest of the oversexed, under-the-influence cast, criminal costumes and sets that can kill. Worst of all, everyone else in the show seems to think that... it's for real.
Following this so far? No? Well don't worry. All you need to know is that this new show from the National Theatre of Scotland is great fun and the perfect show for a festival afternoon. Oh and that it contains some rude bits!
Co-written by and starring one of Scotland's wittiest performers, Greg Hemphill of Chewin' the Fat fame, Appointment with the Wicker Man features a fantastic onstage line-up of some of Scotland's funniest and best known performers - Sean Biggerstaff, Jimmy Chisholm, Johnny McKnight, Sally Reid, Paul Riley and Ros Sydney.
Appointment with the Wicker Man is a love letter to a unique and timeless cult masterpiece, except that someone forgot to pay the postage. This adaptation messes with forces it can't possibly comprehend and at the end of the night, only one thing is for sure... someone's going to burn for this!
Running time: approximately 2hrs including an interval
Age guide: an age guide of 16+ is suggested for this production
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
1st to 26th August 2012
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