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Wind Resistance

Karine Polwart

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.

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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4-21 August 2016

  • Rehearsal Studio - The Lyceum
  • 105 minutes
  • £20

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme will be available in the spring.