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Miss Julie

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It is the mid-1920s, Scotland, and the General Strike is in full swing. On a stifling Midsummer's evening - while the protest explodes into dancing outside - Miss Julie, the Laird's daughter, and John, the Laird's manservant, reach out to each other. Set alight by the promise of revolution escalating outside, the pair grasp at the possibility of a different life until only one desperate choice remains.

The critical consensus

The script is punchy and contemporary; the conflict at the heart of the work is conveyed in short sharp phrases bolstered by volleys of swearing from the protagonists.

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

Features three strong and intriguing performances.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 19/02/2019

The production is at its most powerful in the highly charged scene leading up to the seduction. The second half fallout is a little too reliant on black humour that only occasionally hits the nail on the head about the profound ambivalence of the characters.

***(*)(*)Allan Radcliffe, 20/02/2019

A fascinating and refreshing angle.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 20/02/2019

A disappointing missed opportunity.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 27/02/2019

One of the performance’s greatest skills is how it can throw a barrage of metaphors at the audience, loving and hateful in their turn, and yet you can believe every single one of them. It is this that makes Miss Julie a performance you will not want to miss.

****(*)Flora Gosling, The Wee Review, 03/03/2019

Zinnie Harris adaptation has some tense moments.

***(*)(*)Lorna Irvine, The List, 06/03/2019

Zinnie Harris’ adaptation shifts the play perfectly into its new setting and Shilpa T-Hyland’s direction makes it feel like it has always belonged in Scotland.

****(*)Tom Ralphs, The Reviews Hub, 07/03/2019

Unfortunately, despite many fine but fleeting moments, [director Shilpa T-Hyland] fails to reach the audience who applauded politely but, I suspect, left disappointed that the clouds of revolution described at the start as “just about ready to go” rumbled but failed to roar.

***(*)(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 07/03/2019

Features about Miss Julie

Shilpa T-Hyland on making a Miss Julie for the #MeToo generation.

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 08/02/2019

Shilpa T-Hyland--Directing Miss Julie

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 12/02/2019

Where and when?

Perth Theatre, Perth from Thursday February 14, 2019, until Saturday February 23, 2019. More info:

Tron Theatre, Glasgow from Wednesday February 27, 2019, until Saturday March 2, 2019. More info:

The Studio, Edinburgh from Wednesday March 6, 2019, until Saturday March 9, 2019.

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