Sweet on the Grassmarket, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Cold Light Singing features some strong performances. Set in Lancashire, 1612, it is inspired by the story of three women accused of witchcraft. The writer, Yvonne Pinnington, makes much of her affinity for the special ambience of Pendle Hill and the myths associated with the surrounding landscape. To this end, perhaps more could have been made of the eerie Macbeth-like setting. But its not really that sort of play.
Though based on public records of the trial, this is largely a fictional account of what might have gone on in the cells before they walked to the gallows. If I had a criticism it would be that the local significance of the piece doesn’t really come across. However, as a piece of theatre following in the long tradition of bringing historical biography to life, it makes the kind of imaginative leap into the unknown that beats the straight life story hands down.