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Wind Resistance

Karine Polwart
4 - 21 August 2016
Rehearsal Studio - The Lyceum

Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog south-east of Edinburgh. From this windy plateau, Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, birdlore and personal memoir. Ideas of sanctuary, maternity, goose skeins, Scottish football legend and medieval medicine all take flight, in this compelling combination of story and song.

As a songwriter and singer, Karine Polwart is a multiple winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She is also a composer for theatre and animation, an essayist, a storyteller and an erstwhile philosophy tutor. She has created Wind Resistance with dramaturgy from David Greig, Artistic Director of The Lyceum.

Director Wils Wilson’s credits include The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart with the National Theatre of Scotland, Praxis Makes Perfect for National Theatre Wales and I Want My Hat Back for the National Theatre of Great Britain.

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  • Running time: 
    2 hours approximately


Rehearsal Studio - The Lyceum

Grindlay Street, EH3 9AX

Supported through the
Scottish Government's
Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

Supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund



World Premiere

Katrine Polwart Writer, composer & performer
David Greig Dramaturg
Wils Wilson Director
Camilla Clarke Set and costume designer
Pippa Murphy Composer and sound designer
Jessica Ward Stage manager on the book & technician

A Royal Lyceum Theatre Company production in association with the Edinburgh International Festival

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Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart | The Herald

August 7th 2016

Karine Polwart has made a very moving hour and a half's theatre of her own life and meticulous, thoughtful observation of the world around her

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The Herald 

Karine Polwart | The Herald

August 7th 2016

Polwart is absolutely on top of her material in a show that makes impressive, if never overstated, use of audio and visual technology around the performer as it interweaves its stories with great skill

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The Herald

Karine Polwart | The Scotsman

August 8th 2016

Spellbinding alchemy of song, story and potent lighting and electro-acoustic effects

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Review by: 

Jim Gilchrist

The Scotsman

Karine Polwart | The Stage

August 15th 2016

her voice - clear yet sometimes husky in its intimacy - the perfect instrument to bring the tales within those stories to life, to stand alongside the stories she tells

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Review by: 

Thom Dibdin

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Image: Laurence Winram

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


All tickets : £20
All tickets (preview 4 & 5 Aug): £18

Current discounts

Students: 30% off
Senior citizens : 30% off
Unemployed : 30% off
BECTU, Equity, MU : 30% off
Under 18s : 50% off
Young Scot cardholders : 50% off