FRINGE REVIEW – Appointment With The Wicker Man, National Theatre of Scotland


The play of the play of the film, National Theatre of Scotland’s Appointment With The Wicker Man is an enjoyable and daft romp, with the cast pulling together to bring their farcical take on the tale of sinister secrets to life.

The Loch Parry Players are all am with very little of the dram, despite producer Callum’s West End aspirations. Led by the fiercely incompetent Finlay, they have decided to stage a version of the 70s cult horror. With leading man Roger having mysteriously vanished, the players are relieved when TV celebrity Rory arrives to step into Sergeant Howie’s shoes. But soon, events in Loch Parry begin to mirror those of the fictional Summerisle: with the shadow of the wicker man looming over both.

With its Glee-style musical interpretations, ‘creative’ wardrobe decisions and a props which look as though they have been sourced from the Loch Parry playgroup, Appointment With The Wicker Man is intentionally ramshackle. A cast made up of familiar faces from Scottish TV relish the chance the script gives themto be as ridiculous as possible on stage; and although the piece is disposable nonsense, it’s a great deal of fun.

Unless you are familiar with the film, much of The Loch Parry Player’s efforts will pass over your head. However, there is more than enough well-timed comedy and laughs to carry the piece, even if the sight of two snail hand puppets mating leaves you slightly bewildered.

Appointment With The Wicker Man is at the Assembly Rooms until 26 August at 1510. More details are on the Fringe website.

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