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    Anniversaries and Awards

    2011 was an outstanding year!

    Theatre Alba was thirty years old in 2011 and achieved some notable  successes including working with celebrated Scottish playwright Jo Clifford and receiving the Three Weeks Editor’s Award

    Theatre Alba Fringe 2011 posterFor 2011 we delivered an exciting Russian Season.

    Baba Yaga (2011)

    The children’s show ” Baba Yaga” written by Clunie Mackenzie is based on the well-known traditional Russian folk tales.

    “..The enchantment begins almost instantly…Baba Yaga is a great story and Theatre Alba does it justice. I heard several children telling their parents how much they were enjoying themselves. ”

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    The Good Doctor (2011)

    “…The whole thing has the excited feeling of a charming village fete. The cast are hilarious and utterly delightful, and the fact that these are not professional actors, but teachers and social workers, adds a wonderful sense of authenticity to Chekhov’s tales of comic provincial characters.”

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    “…An absolute firecracker; hysterically and consistently funny. Chekhov’s work is brought to life by four great actors…The piece is a master-class in character-acting…you’ll be laughing all the way through this understated, brilliant performance…Chekhov Shorts’ is an absolute delight.

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    The Cherry Orchard

    We were delighted to work with the celebrated Scottish playwright, Jo Clifford, who brilliantly adapted  Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard from the original. The story, as a portent of coming and irrevocable change in Russian society, was a two-hour evening of theatrical joy.

    There is a popular opinion that Chekhov is all gloom, doom and hopelessness which is completely wrong.  This production of The Cherry Orchard bubbled with laughter and optimism scene after scene. What is sad is that it proved to be Chekhov’s last play before he died in 1904 at the age of only 42.

    Joyce McMillan, writing in the Scotsman awarded the production four stars  star star star-iconstar-icon

    it’s hard not to be seduced by the special charm of Theatre Alba’s beautiful new version of Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard, with a new text by leading Scottish playwright Jo Clifford, fine live music from a three-piece band led by Richard Cherns, and a gloriously appropriate setting, for this of all plays,  in the kirk garden that slopes down to Duddingston Loch, just behind Arthur’s Seat.

    The Scotsman, August 27, 2011


    Here is the short trailer Video for the show which captures the feel of the production.

    This family production was enhanced by live, original music composed by Richard Cherns (sometime of Runrig), and the new script. Jo Clifford talks about getting over an aversion to Chekhov and equally strong aversion to “Versions” here: Jo Clifford’s Diary

    Read Joyce McMillan’s glowing review in full  Here