Writer: David Greig
Director: Julia Carstairs
Reviewer: Danielle Shields
Some plays have the power to really capture our imagination. David Greig’s beautiful story of a rare friendship is one of them. IfNick and Nora’s Infinite Playlisthad been set in Scotland and they chased stags instead of bunnies then it would beYellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee.
Narrated to us in a novel-styled format, this dark comedy shows how one mistake in a Glasgow graveyard results in Leila (Casey Enochs) and Lee (Macleod Stephen) catching the Inverness train where they end up working for drunken caretaker Frank. The play is a refreshing tale of two out of society characters who find their own adventure in the Scottish highlands.
It’s always special when we can understand everything about a character from a simple description. Stag Lee is the confident bad boy who will kill if he is not in possession of his baseball cap and silent Leila cuts her wrists in staff restrooms while perverting over tabloid magazines as she wants to feel alive and noticed in the world. We crave these picturesque characters and Greig has carved them out wonderfully for us.
The four-membered cast are incredible at narrating the story where one finishes midway through a sentence leaving the other to continue without a pause. The ever sinister storyline is washed over by the comical styled narration and the characters. While Stephen and Enochs remain as the protagonists, Caitlin Mclean and Martin Maclennan embrace the chance to swap into different rôles. Maclennan particularly should be praised for his ability to make distinctions between Billy and Frank as both men share similar predatory personalities which other actors may find difficult to separate.
A well-developed plot and heartfelt characters makesThe Ballad of Leila and Leea play not to be missed.
Runs until Sat 23rdAug