HAVING earned rave reviews when it premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month, Untitled Love Story by acclaimed Scots playwright David Leddy, comes to the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles tomorrow (Friday) night.
The touring production from Glasgow-based Fire Exit, of which the avant-garde Leddy is artistic director, is set in Venice and interweaves the stories of four different characters across four different decades.
There is a meditative priest accused of heresy, an historian suffering sudden night sweats, a writer abandoned by her fiancé and a famous art collector with a penchant for eating roasted songbirds which have been drowned in cognac.
They glide through Venetian canals after midnight, but never meet.
“I wanted to create a piece for theatre that asked the audience to take part in a way that wasn’t confrontational,” said Leddy, described recently by The Sunday Times as “Scotland’s hottest edgiest young playwright”.
He added: “Some people worry about it, but the meditative visualisation asks them to focus on their own lives and emotions so they become like a fifth character in the narrative.”
Leddy, who Joyce McMillan of The Scotsman considers “one of Scotland’s leading theatre makers”, has had his work performed in London, Amsterdam, Milan, Boston and Delhi.
He was the first in Scotland to complete a practice-based PhD in theatre and has become known for using unconventional performance spaces, from train sheds to glasshouses.
Untitled Love Story, which is supported by Creative Scotland, begins at 7.30pm. Tickets, £14, from the box office on 01721 725777.