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Kidnapped Review in the Stage

Published Thursday 19 April 2012 at 14:40 by Thom Dibdin

Ed Robson has created a fine new touring version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic yarn for Cumbernauld Theatre.

He retains all the buckle-swashing that made the original so compelling, while succeeding in cutting through to expose the historical background that gives it a greater resonance.

Review from What’s On For Kids

**** Times Review by Robert Dawson Scott

There should be some sort of prize for improbable stage adaptations of literary classics. The 39 Steps for four actors? Nicholas Nickleby in eight hours? The Odyssey as a solo piece? All these and more have found eager audiences (Patrick Barlow’s version of The 39 Steps is in this summer’s season at Pitlochry). And while Ed Robson’s nippy new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-loved adventure story Kidnapped for his own theatre — shipwrecks, redcoats and Rannoch Moor with only three actors and a projection screen — is not quite on the same scale as some of these, it promises similar popular success on its tour. Robson will certainly enhance his reputation as a clever director on the most modest of resources…Read The Full Review

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling yarn offers ‘competing visions about the future of Scotland’

Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling tale set in the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 is being adapted for the stage by Cumbernauld Theatre this month. The coming-of-age adventure story is a journey through both time and terrain as young protagonist David Balfour tries to make good the wrongdoings of his duplicitous uncle, Ebeneezer… Read the full article.

Cumbernauld Theatre to take Kidnapped on tour – Cumbernauld News

Press Release – Cumbernauld Theatre’s Touring Production of Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Ebeneezer Balfour (Alan Steele) welcomes Davie Balfour (Scott Hoatson) at the House of the Shawes.

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Captain Hoeseason (Alan Steele) and Alan Breck Stewart (Peter Callaghan) agree passage in the Roundhouse on board the Covenant.

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Kidnapped at Cumbernauld Theatre - Photograph by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan – Download Hi-Resolution Tiff Image

Kidnapped at Cumbernauld Theatre - Photograph by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan – Download Hi-Resolution Tiff Image

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