The National Theatre of Scotland Will Perform “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” on Sept. 16-20

The National Theatre of Scotland will perform “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” on Sept. 16-20 in the Back Bar of Chapel Hill’s Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
The National Theatre of Scotland will perform “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” on Sept. 16-20 in the Back Bar of Chapel Hill’s Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

Carolina Performing Arts will present the National Theatre of Scotland’s critically acclaimed production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, created by David Greig and directed by Wils Wilson, on Sept. 16-20 in the Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery Back Bar in downtown Chapel Hill, NC. The National Theatre of Scotland previously performed Black Watch by Gregory Burke on Feb. 9-13, 2011 in the backstage area of Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

According to Carolina Performing Arts:

“Conceived as an evening of ‘anarchic theater, live music and strange goings-on,’ [The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart] explores the politics and romance played out at an academic conference devoted to the border ballads — the traditional folklore songs celebrating the raids, feuds, seductions and elopements between the Scottish and English border.

“Staged at Top of the Hill Back Bar [in Chapel Hill], this play both investigates and imitates its subject, telling old tales with distinctly modern overtones in classic ballad rhymes.

“In the depths of Midwinter’s Eve, all the conference attendees are snowed into the town’s one pub, and the devil is at play as the pagan celebration takes hold. Prudencia must choose between the traditions she yearns for or the world of her peers.”

The National Theatre of Scotland invites Triangle theatergoers to:

“Pull up a chair and whet your whistle for an evening of anarchic theatre, live music and strange goings-on…

“Following a sell-out run at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a Scottish tour, where it received glowing reviews and was nominated in four categories for 2011 CATS Awards, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart returns for a worldwide tour in 2012 and beyond.

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart takes theater into pubs and other unlikely venues, where stories are told, re-told, sung and passed on.

“So, now is the time to share a lock-in with the National Theatre of Scotland’s company of actors and musicians. Indulge in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music and theatre inspired by the Border Ballads, Robert Burns, and the poems of Robert Service.

The Scotsman of Edinburgh’s critic called The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart “More vibrantly alive than any piece of theatre I’ve seen in Scotland for years”; and The Herald of Glasgow, Scotland raved, “You shouldn’t miss this show for the world …. [It is] rambunctiously life-affirming and touchingly beautiful.”

Carolina Performing Arts presents the National Theatre of Scotland in THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART at 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and 7 p.m. Sept. 17-20 in the Back Bar of the Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery on the third floor of 100 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

TICKETS: $25 (Note: Student tickets are SOLD OUT for all performances).

BOX OFFICE: 919-843-3333 or https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/tickets/.

SHOW: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/.

VIDEO PREVIEWS (right column): https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/resources/prudencia.

SEASON: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/.

PRESENTER: http://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/.

VENUE: http://topofthehillrestaurant.com/back-bar.

DIRECTIONS: http://topofthehillrestaurant.com/restaurant/directions-hours.

OTHER LINKS:

The Play: http://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/content/default.asp?page=home_PrudenciaHart (official web page).

The Playwright: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Greig_(dramatist) (Wikipedia).

The National Theatre of Scotland: http://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/content/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Theatre_of_Scotland (Wikipedia).

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By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).