Dragon Spectacular!

The fast-moving, spectacular and vividly colourful production of ‘The Dragon’ at The Royal Lyceum Theatre,  watched by a crowded audience of children and adults, was absolutely compelling. How can a play, vivid, sometimes scary yet so real, be performed without the use of speech by the actors?

Dragon_EIF_2015_Highlight_Box ‘The Dragon’ is a study in whether or not a dragon is evil.  The concept differs from country to country, but generally, dragons are considered to be scary, evil monsters wreaking havoc and destruction and needing to be slain.

Vox Motus, the Scottish theatre company intended to experiment in telling a universal story without using words, but with fabulous images and acting, crossing barriers between ages and cultures. The National Theatre of Scotland and the National Theatre of China, apparently unknown to each other on this subject, had been thinking along the same lines. Call it serendipity, or coincidence what happened next was the production as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

The actors and technical teams seamlessly give the spellbound audience a truly unique, if sometimes difficult to believe, race through the traumas of ‘growing up’ and a family riven with grief following the death of a young boy’s mother. The dragon proves to be both a help and hindrance as far as coping and moving forward for the boy, his father and other family members.

It would be invidious to praise any one member of the cast – in which I include the technical teams -over anyone else. However, the writer of the play shows a deep understanding of humanity; in the programme introduction, Oliver Emmanuel, writes movingly of the pain and isolation and anger of grief, ‘the unexpected death of a parent, or anyone you love, fractures the world. Reality shifts. The things you took for granted – like gravity even – come unstuck’. How true.

The brief run ends on Sunday 16 August, with performances at 12 noon and 4 pm. I am so glad, personally, to have been able to see this work for myself.


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Christine Richard OBE FRSA

http://www.lothianlife.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Christine.jpg Christine has over 25 years' experience in public life in Scotland in the fields of politics, education, public relations and charity work. For 12 years she served on the City of Edinburgh District Council and was her Group's leader for 4 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was made an OBE. Christine is a member of the Board of The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy. She has just completed six years on the Board of The Edinburgh International Festival. Christine's business experience has covered the fields of theatre, economic development, science, coal mining, education and training. She has held a number of non-executive directorships in these disciplines. She is a trained and experienced personal relationships counsellor and a business and personal mentor. In 2005 Christine established Christine Richard Associates who undertake Event Management and Public Relations as well as company and individual profiling. She coordinated the 'Yes to Edinburgh' campaign on congestion charging in Edinburgh. ten years ago Christine co-founded West Lothian Women in Business, which is a network for women who are self-employed and also for women managers. Christine has now stepped down from the Chair of this thriving organisation. For 5 years Christine was a magistrate in the District Court. She was also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace. She has been an adviser to Government in various areas of policy, including health, local government and education. Christine is a trained and experienced radio and television broadcaster and writer as well as an entertaining and accomplished speaker. She has a wealth of topics on which she is invited to speak. These range from witty after lunch and after dinner speaking to the more serious topics of the economy, health, education, enterprise, the Powers of the Mind and Life/work balance. She writes reviews and articles for lifestyle magazine, Lothian Life. She took part as a contestant in an ITV gourmet TV show, Chef V Britain, challenging TV chef Gino D'Acampo to cook her signature dish, Posh Cottage Pie. Currently Christine is a member of the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland's Futures. Also she is involved in the group Changing the Chemistry of Scottish Boards. Her first novel, Whitewalls, a modern Scottish family saga has been published by New Generation Publishing and is available on all internet books siets and from libraries. She is writing a sequel Autumn at Whitewalls. Her leisure interests include her family, literature, music, theatre, food, wine and horse racing. She is a member of a racing syndicate, which has two horses in training.

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