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Louise Doughty, Robert Icke's The Doctor, Edinburgh Festival Highlights

Louise Doughty's latest novel is narrated by a ghost. Robert Icke's The Doctor has opened at London's Almeida Theatre. We select some important shows at the Edinburgh festivals.

Louise Doughty, author of Apple Tree Yard, has a new novel: a thriller with a difference. Platform Seven’s narrator is dead – and she haunts the eerie half-light of Peterborough Railway Station weaving her way through the lives of the commuters and staff. The spirit of the late Lisa Evans pieces together a backstory which reveals the reality of an abusive relationship, but also offers an uplifting perspective on the dignity of the lives being lived in a place of transition.

Theatre director Robert Icke discusses The Doctor, his new adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s 1912 play Professor Bernhardi. Juliet Stevenson plays the titular doctor, who is running a medical facility but faces searching questions about her own motives and ethics following the death of one of her patients.

Often themes emerge among the work at the Edinburgh Festivals. This year lots of performers have sought to contextualise the collapse of old structures, the threat of climate change and new perspectives on gender. Joyce McMillan, columnist and critic of The Scotsman newspaper joins us to round up her must-see recommendations for the rest of the festivals.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Oliver Jones

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28 minutes

Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty
Louise DoughtyPhoto credits left and above: Nathalie Weatherald

Louise's book Platform Seven is available from 22 Aug

The Doctor

The Doctor
Juliet Stevenson
Photo credit: Manuel Harlan

The Doctor is at the Almeida Theatre, Islington until 28 Sept

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Recommendations

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Recommendations
Enough: Louise Ludgate
& Amanda Wright
Photo credit: Lara Cappelli 

at Traverse Theatre until 25 Aug
Baby Reindeer at Summerhall until 25 Aug
Bobby and Amy at Pleasance until 26 Aug
Until the Flood at Traverse Theatre until 25 Aug
Are we not drawn onwards towards a new era at Zoo until 25 Aug


  • Mon 19 Aug 2019 19:15



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