Consider Rather The River

This play was performed on the banks of the Water of Leith and combines the realities of life in 2003 and the history of the river so that actuality and folklore combine. The play follows Laura, her brothers and her father to find the source. It incorporates figures from ancient river mythology including gods and sprites into the narrative, alongside real characters from the Water of Leith’s past: George Murdoch, well keeper and Robert Orrick, revolutionary leader of the Friend’s of the People. The dangers and importance of rivers are both explored here. Characters drown and famine ensues when the river does not flow. Throughout the work, however, there is the sense of movement, change and flow.