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Wind Resistance

Jan Swafford
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An immersive musical essay. A meditation on sanctuary. A moor walker’s journal. A personal memoir of maternity. An archaeology of flight science and football, medieval medicine and compassion. A wonder tale.

Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance is co-produced with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and was originally presented in association with Edinburgh International Festival 2016, supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

Winner of the Best Music and Sound Award at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) 2017.

Critic Reviews

‘A poignant, unflinching and show about healing, protection, the fragility of human life and the world around us. Its music will resonate for a long time.’

Daily Telegraph
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‘unlike anything else I’ve read or heard this year: a new form or forms altogether, really, for it exists as an “immersive musical essay” published by Faber Drama; an album of songs called A Pocket of Wind Resistance with Pippa Murphy; and, formerly, a solo stage show at the Lyceum theatre in Edinburgh. Its subjects include motherhood, geese, moorland, gneiss, migration and deep time, and it manages to make a politics of protest out of its phenomena, as well as a poetics of beauty. It’s extraordinary work.’

Robert Macfarlane, Guardian Best Books 2017
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‘An utterly beautiful thing.’

Irish Times
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‘This intimate solo show is Karine Polwart’s hymn to the gentle Midlothian landscape: to its birds, its insects, its plants and trees, and its human inhabitants past, present and future. This is Polwart’s first piece of theatre, but she’s a natural storyteller and steers a path effortlessly between personal memoir, anecdote, gig, philosophical musings, history and nature lecture. Her language is rich and poetic, and speaks of her deep connection with – and love for – this countryside.’

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