The past two seasons, productions from The National Theatre of Scotland (Black Watch and Long Gone Lonesome) have played to sold-out audiences. The company returns with an evening of anarchic theatre, live music, and strange goings-on in The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, January 16-19 at Palm Door (401-A Sabine Street).
One wintry morning Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso, in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart takes theatre into pubs and other unlikely venues, where stories are told, re-told, sung, and passed on. Audiences are invited to indulge in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music and theatre inspired by the Border Ballads, Robert Burns, and the poems of Robert Service.
The National Theatre of Scotland sent writer David Greig, director Wils Wilson and composer Alasdair Macrae to an old pub in Kelso in the Scottish Borders for the weekend, to research the Border Ballads for a new piece of theatre. It was the coldest winter for many years. Maybe it was the unique atmosphere in the pub that night, or maybe it was the knee-deep snow outside, but no one wanted the evening to end, so at midnight the Landlord closed the doors and they found themselves "locked in". Deep in the wee hours, one old man told a story about another group of people who'd come to look for songs a few years back and of how one of them, a woman, had never after been seen again. It was a story, which he said was 'one hundred and ten percent true' a story of love, of music and of the Devil. This was the inspiration for The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.
The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government. Since its launch in February 2006, The National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating over 160 productions in 125 different locations. With no building of its own, the Company takes theatre all over Scotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests. The company has performed to over 710,000 people, across three continents. www.nationaltheatrescotland.com
For more information on The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, please visit http://texasperformingarts.org/season/national-theatre-of-scotland-the-strange-undoing-of-prudencia-hart-austin.