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Dingwall Players bitten by festival bug set for a return to the Edinburgh Fringe


By Hector MacKenzie


Dingwall Players Tina Fewster, Alison Wood, Kirstine Thomson and Liz McLardy will line up again at one of the major arts festivals.Picture: Dave Newman
Dingwall Players Tina Fewster, Alison Wood, Kirstine Thomson and Liz McLardy will line up again at one of the major arts festivals.Picture: Dave Newman

A DINGWALL amateur dramatics troupe has set its sights on taking a bite out of one of the biggest arts showcases in the country.

After a successful debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe two years ago, Dingwall Players are set to return next month with a "comic Highland noir whodunnit" inspired by one of the region's most notorious villains – midges.

And a Ross-shire audience is being given a chance to catch the show before it wows the capital with a special pay what you want preview lined up for Dingwall.

Writer and director Nick Fearne said: "This new play, by turns intriguing, comic and slightly surreal, features a cast of seven actors who have all been involved in the process of creating the piece through initial workshops at the end of 2018."

It follows a successful bow at the event with Lunch Girls in 2017 at which the group was well and truly bitten by the festival bug.

Robyn Kidd faces down the Highland menace.Picture: Dave Newman
Robyn Kidd faces down the Highland menace.Picture: Dave Newman

He added: "Set in present day Scotland, Midges can best be described as a comic Highland noir whodunnit.The Highland midge thrives at this time of year - visitors and natives alike will have experienced swarms of the little beasts whilst trying to enjoy the great outdoors - biting, irritating, in your face, everywhere – is there no escape? "

A pay what you want preview performance is scheduled for the National Hotel onAugust 9ahead of a six-day stand at theSpacein Edinburgh's Niddy Street.

For more see www.dingwallplayers.org



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