GETTING the audience close to the action, new play Long Live the Little Knife does not use any regular theatrical technical equipment — or typical seating arrangements.
The audience sit within an elaborate installation of paint-splattered dust sheets for this story of forgery and free-market economics.
All the lighting is second-hand equipment bought from a real building site and the stage manager sits onstage, playing all the music cues on a battered, paint-splattered old stereo — also from a builder’s yard.
Written and directed by David Leddy and performed by Wendy Seager and Neil McCormack, the play comes straight from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it amassed 15 four star reviews, on a tour of the Highlands.
The show began life as a mini-commission for the Royal Shakespeare Company in the British Museum where it got such an overwhelming response that Leddy brought the characters back for a full-length escapade.
Seager and McCormack play Liz and Jim, a husband and wife team of forgers who have risen to great heights and fallen to great depths in their careers as con artists and counterfeiters.
Caught in a turf war over fake vintage handbags, they need to find £250,000 in protection money. Their boss, The Wee Man, convinces them to undertake a harebrained mission to up their game and become the world’s greatest art forgers. There is only one problem.
Neither of them can paint.
Based on a series of interviews with a real life husband and wife forgery team, Leddy’s text toys with the line between fact and fiction and with the honesty of anything that claims to be "based on a true story".
Long Live the Little Knife can be seen at the following north venues:
Wednesday 28th August, 8pm
Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern
01852 500746 www.craignishvillagehall.org.uk
Thursday 29th August, 8pm
01599 577296 www.spanglefish.com/LOCHAN
Friday 30th August, 8pm
Ardross Community Hall
01349 880591 www.ardrosshall.org
Sunday 1st September, 8pm
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
01463 234234 www.eden-court.co.uk