The Scotsman 30 June 2022

It was when she organised an online reading during lockdown that Brigid Larmour realised what a gift of a play she had on her hands. Her actors had gathered on Zoom to give an airing to Little Women in a new version by Anne-Marie Casey. As director, Larmour was delighted to watch as this adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic came alive.

“I was in London, Anne-Marie was in Ireland, some of the cast were in Pitlochry, some in Somerset – it was a true Zoom event,” she says. “Even in those circumstances, it sang off the page. And, of course, we were all in lockdown so we were all identifying with that aspect of the play; there’s a terrible civil war going on, but not in this room. It has a strong resonance for people now.” [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).