Moonlight On Leith

Moonlight on Leith, by Emilie Robson and Laila Noble, at theSpaceTriplex is inspired by the ‘Save Leith Walk’ campaign; a grassroots movement seeking to preserve the historic status and distinctive character of this port area in the north of Edinburgh. Leith was made a separate burgh in 1833 only to be merged with the capital in 1920 wherein it remains subsumed, but it still retains its own indentity.

a fun show with a serious message

It’s a clever title that draws on the ring of its more famous musical counterpart. Very much in the style of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood and Jim Cartwright’s Road, it explores the damage of gentrification and the vitality of the local community as seen through the lives of many characters who represent its diversity and eccentricities in both prose and verse. From the bustle of The Walk to the stillness of The Shore we are introduced to the assorted souls at the heart of everyday life as the moon gazes down on the streets.

Debi Pirie directs this ensemble production of students who form REDCAP Theatre in their debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Music, singing and comedy flow freely between the residents, the students, the shopkeepers, the police officers, those tending their allotments and the drunkard lying face-down in the gutter. There is even Hank, the philosopher cat, who maintains that 'hell is other people'. It’s a fun show with a serious message. The script supplies the material for a production packed with pace and full of energy. It’s unfortunate that those two elements are largely missing in the low key, laid back performances that dominate. All the potential is there, but the motivation seems to be lacking.

Nevertheless, Moonlight on Leith is an urgent reminder that it’s people who make a community through their individuality, the services they provide and their neighbourliness. Destroying the old buildings and wiping out small businesses will destroy the pulse that makes Leith throb and obliterate its long history.

Visit Show Website

Reviews by Richard Beck

Pleasance

Prison Games

★★★★
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Beginning

★★★★
Traverse Theatre

This is Paradise

★★★
theSpaceTriplex

Intricate Rituals

★★
theSpaceTriplex

Smile Like You're Happy

★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

In Laila Noble and Emilie Robson’s award-winning play inspired by the Save Leith Walk campaign, REDCAP Theatre, graduates of Edinburgh Napier, dive into the heart of Leith’s vibrant community. Guided by lyrical prose and dialogue full of hilarity, we meet a flurry of personalities whose lives are illuminated by the moonlight and seen in glimpses between the golden sandstone and the snouting depths of Leith. Through a narrative composed of warmth, wisdom and wit REDCAP Theatre deliver an ode to the lives of Leither’s, from the bustle of The Walk to the stillness of The Shore.

Most Popular See More

Life of Pi

From £19.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Anything Goes

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Hairspray

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Come From Away

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets