The Cone Gatherers (Tour - Glasgow)
26 September 2012 WOS Rating: The story of a world at war, a class system in crisis and a new world aching to be born, Robin Lewis's The Cone Gatherers is seen as one of the great Scottish novels of the last century.
Set in the shadow of World War Two, it tells of the arrival of two gypsy brothers to a grand Scottish estate. Charged with collecting the seeds of pine trees, the brothers prove a catalyst for a series of events which forces the ruling gentry to jolt awake from its 400 year long sleep.
The play is a pleasant mix of the themes of the literary genres which inspire it: there's Duror, a malevolent gamekeeper who proves Henry James's qualms that one's servants are not to be trusted; there's Callum, a naive Romantic who sees nothing but beauty and life in the nature around him. But whilst the source material is rich, its transition to the stage is altogether less certain. Dramatically, the production lacks the finesse which might be expected. The transitions between scenes are uneven, lacking emotional boundaries, and director Kenny Ireland is guilty of some bizarre and perplexing artistic decisions in the staging of the piece. Peter Arnott's script does not afford enough room for characters such as Duror to develop and, subsequently, the actors cannot mature throughout the performance. As a consequence, The Cone Gatherers becomes a production which, like gamekeeper Duror, struggles to understand what it is or where it fits in in the world; it never fully commits to being a period drama, or a play with songs, or a symbolistic ballet, or a straight play. It feels lost in the woods of its own creation. The Cone Gatherers is at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow, from 25 to 29 September. - by Scott Purvis Related Content Back to Scotland Homepage
Subscribe to our free newsletter
Featured Editor's Picks
: The economic impact of Arts & Culture in the UK Infographic When Culture Secretary Maria Miller called for the arts to make their "economic case" for subsidy, t... Plays Cast: Harry Potter star in Southwark Moment, more for Branagh's Macbeth Bonnie Wright, best known for playing Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, will make her stage d... Brief Encounter with ... The Kite Runner's Ben Turner Ben Turner stars in the stage version of the bestselling book The Kite Runner, which runs at Liverpo... Titus Andronicus (RSC) This latest production of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, to borrow from football punditry, is a p... : Britain's outdoor theatres Take Five With half-term approaching, the weather (hopefully) set to improve for the bank holiday weekend and ... West End Live returns to Trafalgar Square next month West End Live, a weekend of free entertainment from top London shows, will return to Trafalgar Squar... : 'I carry the ghost of Gregory Peck on my shoulders' Robert Sean Leonard Actor Robert Sean Leonard is currently playing Atticus Finch in Timothy Sheader's production of To K... To Kill A Mockingbird Twenty years ago, a young Robert Sean Leonard appeared on the London stage with Alan Alda in... X Factor musical titled I Can't Sing!, opens Palladium March 2014 The forthcoming X Factor musical will be called I Can't Sing! The Musical and will premiere at the L... Donmar stages Nick Payne premiere, Wesker's Roots & Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus The Donmar Warehouse has announced its new season, which features the premiere of Nick Payne's new p...