Susurrus ****

David Leddy’s Susurrus is an intriguing experience.  More of a site-specific radio play than a theatre production, it is a collection of stories that take inspiration from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

First, some things that you should know.  It is an audio tour, meaning that you will be walking around the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens with a large headset, which is connected to a small IPod.  This tour is projected to take over 90 minutes and requires a lot of walking, including some treks on narrow dirt paths and passing through wet branches.  The production may supply umbrellas if it is raining, but to enjoy the full effect it is best to take the journey during good weather.

As for the story, it is told in eight stages.  There are a few tales, all of which seem to have little to do with one another, in either theme or in connection.  The stories may be a bit difficult to follow at first, but give them time, for all becomes clear and, halfway through, quite dramatic and suspenseful.  Also, pay attention to the trail you take.  Most of the locations seem to have no ties with the audio, but the end will make you rethink the whole journey.

Susurrus is a very enjoyable experience.  It tells an intriguing story and will make you look at the Gardens in a completely new light.  Do take the journey, but just when the weather holds.

Is available from 10.00-17.00 at the Royal Botanic Gardens until 6th September.

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