Keith Fleming in Doppler

The Guardian 12 August 2021

If there is one company well suited to adapting to the Covid pandemic it is Grid Iron. The Edinburgh specialist in site-responsive theatre is never seen in the same place twice. Inviting us to a woodland corner where we sit on socially distanced tree stumps is the kind of thing it would have done anyway.

Here, in the grounds of a National Trust for Scotland property, the pretext is Doppler, a satirical novel by Norwegian writer Erlend Loe. Published in 2004, it’s about a man having a mid-life crisis prompted by the death of his father. Packing in the frictions of family life, he opts to live in a tent. [read more]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).