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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 on August 9 ahead of a six-day stand at theSpace in Edinburgh's Niddy Street.

For more see www.dingwallplayers.org



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