A Walk at the Edge of the World
Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre):  A Walk at the Edge of the World at Summerhall @ The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (venue 388). Review by Susan Mansfield

Solo performer Ian Cameron begins by leading his audience on a 20-minute walk, asking only that we walk in silence and walk “consciously”, noticing the sights, sounds and smells. On a sunny day, the wooded areas around the Water of Leith looked and felt bucolic.

After the walk, Cameron, playing an academic-type who started walking after the death of his mother, takes us through a lecture-style presentation. Nicholas Bone’s text rambles (no pun intended) gently through a range of subjects: the character’s own walking experiments, his parents, coastal erosion, doomed yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, penguins in Antartica, apples in Kazakhstan – subjects linked subtly together by the theme of walking or journeys.

While the text is a rich tapestry, beautifully woven and with quiet points of resonance, and Cameron is an engaging storyteller, it is less than the sum of its parts.

Perhaps the narrative is too subtle, and the format has insufficient room for character development, which leaves us with a play about movement and journeys which, paradoxically, is rather static.

A Walk at the Edge of the World is at Summerhall @ The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, more info here

Originally published in The Scotsman

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