Prudencia Hart is a collector of folk songs, an academic who has devoted her life to the study of folk material. She comes to the village fair in search of songs for her thesis âParadigms of Emotional Contact in The Performance and Text of Traditional Folk Song in Scotland 1572 - 1798â. After the fair she finds herself at a "lock-in" with the locals where songs are sung and stories told. Thatâs when she hears of the existence of the lost song, the song beyond song... the original song... the uncollected song. She sets off on a journey into the night to find it. Audiences are invited to share a "lock-in" with the National Theatre of Scotlandâs company of actors and participate in an evening of supernatural story-telling, music and theatre inspired by the Border Ballads, Burns and the poems of Robert Service. Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including one intervalPerformers Andy Clark (Colin/Devil), Annie Grace, Alasdair Macrae, Dave McKay (Devil), Madeleine Worrall (Prudencia).
Author David Greig. Producer National Theatre of Scotland. Director Wils Wilson. Design Georgia McGuinness. Musical Director Alisdair Macrae. Director Janice Parker (movement).