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“captivating...a skillful, contained energy right to its last moment”

TV Bomb


“Like a Doric Eugene O'Neill...a deep and troubling resonance”

All Edinburgh Theatre


Incredibly well-written...visually stimulating, musically compelling...this work expresses a grand ambition

The List



 Click for 'Dialect action: The Edinburgh show giving Scotland a voice' (The Guardian)


Click to hear Elspeth talking about SpectreTown on Scots Language Radio





“A confident, gripping dramatic narrative, and a magnificent score of Hebridean music and song...there's a glorious central performance from Turner”

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman  



“The performances are strong throughout, with Elspeth Turner heart-stealing as Odhran”

Ronald Black, Gaelic Editor, The Scotsman  


“This play is going to run for  a long, long time”

Ronald Black, Gaelic Editor, The Scotsman  


“stunning, elegiac  and poignant”

Thom Dibdin, The Stage   


“… heart-rending tale… it’s akin to a Gael’s version of a Greek tragedy.”  

Barry Gordon, Edinburgh Evening News 


“You will be swept away, mysteriously set adrift on a raft of ancient fable and folklore, spellbound…”

Broadway Baby


“a heartbreaking legend…  brilliantly performed”

Three Weeks  


“Exceptional new writing… perfectly executed” 


“A lovingly told story of crofters that creates a magical island on stage”

British Theatre Guide



Talking about The Idiot at the Wall on The Culture Studio, BBC Radio Scotland










The Culture Studio 2013 - Janice Forsyth
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