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Knives in Hens

Knives in Hens

The village has lied. William has lied. It is not because I am undeserving. Not because I am young and they are old. God has given them nothing. I know this now.’ Read more …

A dream-play, a thriller, an old-fashioned love triangle meld in this unsettling tale about the constraints and liberating possibilities of language, and a journey from ignorance to knowledge in a nameless young peasant woman.

A modern Scottish classic, David Harrower’s intense rural drama was an immediate critical hit when it was first staged at the Traverse Theatre in 1995, heralding the arrival of a stunning new talent. It is the most performed modern Scottish play internationally and has been staged in twenty five countries across the globe.

The critical consensus

The pace of the production does sometimes flag, rendering some passages slow and opaque when it is all important to the central theme that the connection between actor and audience is gradually strengthened and sustained.

***(*)(*)Joy Watters, Across the Arts

While almost taking a leap into gothic thriller territory, in Lu Kemp’s starkly brooding and quasi ritualistic looking production, the play becomes a thing of transcendent beauty.

*****Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 05/02/2018

Sparse, profound and sensual.

*****Lorna Irvine, The List, 06/02/2018

Slow-moving but beautiful.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 06/02/2018

This is a thoughtful, starkly beautiful production; an impressive calling card from the recently refurbished Perth Theatre, a welcome declaration of ambitious intent.

****(*)Paul F Cockburn, Broadway Baby, 12/02/2018

A staging worthy of one of the greatest plays in the Scottish theatrical canon.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 12/02/2018

Exhilarating and frequently moving.

****(*)Allan Radcliffe, 08/02/2018

Features about Knives in Hens

Perth Theatre prepares to reopen with a revival of David Harrower's Knives in Hens

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 30/01/2018

Lu Kemp and team talk Perth Theatre's production of David Harrower's Knives in Hens

Fraser MacDonal, The Reviews Hub, 30/01/2018

David Harrower--Knives in Hens

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 31/01/2018

Where and when?

Perth Theatre, Perth from Thursday February 1, 2018, until Saturday February 17, 2018. More info:

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