A story of secrets, lies and inept leadership

By Anna Schwoub
14 Aug 2013

'Weird name, wonderful play'. That's one verdict on Creepie Stool, which runs from 16-21 August (then 26 August) at Just Festival in Edinburgh.

"A flair for irony, subtle provocation, detailed observation and wry wit," says EdinburghSpotlight of Scottish playwright Jen McGregor. This is her new play.

The scene is set in Edinburgh, 24 July 1637. Jenny Geddes flings a stool at a minister and starts a riot in St Giles, a three-day brawl and, indirectly, the Covenanters’ War.

While Calvinists and Catholics clash violently on the city’s streets, Jenny’s employer demands an explanation – leading to unwelcome discoveries behind closed doors.

Creepie Stool is a story of secrets, lies, inept leadership, early Scottish sectarianism and the uncontrollable consequences of a single act of defiance.

It is also inspired by a true story, and it has strong resonances with the current debate about sectarianism and how to handle it in Scotland and elsewhere.

Just Festival, also known simply as Just, runs from 2-26 August 2013. It is based at St John's Church (corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road) and some 27 other venues, and combines artistic and performance style events with conversations, talks, films exhibits and other ways of exploring how to live together creatively in a mixed-belief society.

* Creepie Stool is showing in the hall at St John's Church, runs from 16-21 August and then 26 August. 20:30 – 21:30. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions).

* For more information on Just Festival, visit http://www.justjust.org and http://justfestivalnews.blogspot.com

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© Anna Schwoub is a writer and academic from Northumbria specialising in the link between culture, religion and social change.

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