Staged at Top of the Hill Back Bar
The National Theatre of Scotland returns to Carolina Performing Arts after their performances of Black Watch in 2011, this time with David Greig’s award-winning The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.
Conceived as an evening of “anarchic theater, live music and strange goings-on,” the play 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, 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.