TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS
NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND’S
THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUNDENCIA HART
CREATED BY DAVID GREIG AND WILS WILSON
DIRECTED BY WILS WILSON
FEBRUARY 11-15, 2014
AT BASS CONCERT HALL
INTIMATE ON-STAGE SEATING!
CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENT LISTED BELOW
Presented in Partnership with Fusebox Festival
“The five-person cast radiates authenticity even before the show officially begins, setting the laid-back mood as the audience files in with fiddles, pipes, and lyrics thick with their native brogue. The demanding performance that follows is a seamless team effort.”
In recent seasons, The National Theatre of Scotland has sold out performances of Black Watch and Long Gone Lonesome. Last season, due to unforeseen circumstances, the company’s engagement of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart was cancelled. But because of audience demand, the production returns this season with a week of intimate performances where the performers and audience share the Bass Concert Hall stage!
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is an evening of anarchic theatre, live music, and strange goings-on as Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders, where the folk-studies community has gathered for a symposium. Indulge in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music, and theatre inspired by Border Ballads, Robert Burns, and the poems of Robert Service. Filled with magical moments, devilish encounters, and wittily wild karaoke, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is moving and amusing, with plot twists unfolding all around the audience.
The National Theatre of Scotland sent writer David Greig, director Wils Wilson and composer Alasdair Macrae to an old pub in Kelso in the Scottish Borders for the weekend, to research the Border Ballads for a new piece of theatre. It was the coldest winter for many years. Maybe it was the unique atmosphere in the pub that night, or maybe it was the knee-deep snow outside, but no one wanted the evening to end, so at midnight the Landlord closed the doors and they found themselves “locked in.” Deep in the wee hours, one old man told a story about another group of people who’d come to look for songs a few years back and of how one of them, a woman, had never after been seen again. It was a story, which he said was ‘one hundred and ten percent true’ a story of love, of music and of the Devil. This was the inspiration for The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.
The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government. Since its launch in February 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating over 160 productions in 125 different locations. With no building of its own, the Company takes theatre all over Scotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests. The company has performed to over 710,000 people, across three continents. www.nationaltheatrescotland.com.
Campus & Community Event
Brown Bag Lunch with company members:
* Wednesday, February 12, noon–1pm
* City of Austin Senior Activity Center – Lamar (2874 Shoal Crest Avenue)
* Co-Sponsored and hosted by the City of Austin Senior Programs
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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February 11-15, 2014 –Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin presents The National Theatre of Scotland: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart at Bass Concert Hall (2350 Robert Dedman Dr.) A map of the campus: texasperformingarts.org/visit/maps_directions. Performance times are Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets ($38 / Limited $10 student tickets / discounted tickets available for UT faculty & staff, seniors and Military) are on sale now at authorized ticket outlets, which include the Bass Concert Hall Ticket Office and all Texas Box Office outlets, online at TexasPerformingArts.org, or by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO.