Strange goings on for Scotland

Prudencia Hart will be arriving in style at Maryhill Burgh Halls. Images by Johan Perrson.
Prudencia Hart will be arriving in style at Maryhill Burgh Halls. Images by Johan Perrson.

THE National Theatre of Scotland’s latest successful export is back in Glasgow this week — and it’s a fitting homecoming for a play steeped in Scottish tradition.

The company has completed a North American tour with David Greig’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and, after sell-out shows in California, Texas and Florida (must be all those Scots descendants and expats), Prudencia is touring on home turf again, starting at Maryhill Burgh Halls.

The venue might sound a strange one, but that just might be the point: the play premiered in the Victorian Bar at the Tron (in 2011) and has been shown in a tavern, a brewery, village halls and studio bars since.

The point is to appear in unlikely venues where good old fashioned Scottish storytelling comes into play, with tales told, re-told, sung or passed on — Prudencia is NTS’s version of a lock-in, inspired by supernatural tales, the Border Ballads, Robert Burns and Robert Service.

As for the story, it’s a wintry morning when academic Prudencia Hart sets off to attend a conference in Kelso — but little does she know what awaits there.

There are devillish encounters, karaoke and rhyming couplets galore on Prudencia’s dream-like journey — and you’re all invited along.

Director Wils Wilson commented: “It’s truly wonderful that it’s coming back home to tour Scotland again. The audience plays such a big part in the show that every performance is different, a challenge, a new encounter.”

The show runs at Maryhill Burgh Halls March 7-9 and 25-30 (times vary). Tickets are £15 (£12 conc), from www.tron.co.uk/event/the-strange-undoing-of-prudencia-hart.