Midsummer (a play with songs)

Brandon McGibbon and Carly Street shine in Edinburgh love story at Tarragon Theatre

Presented by Tarragon Theatre
Written by David Greig, Gordon McIntyre
Directed by Tamara Bernier Evans

Brandon McGibbon, Carly Street in Midsummer (a play with songs). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

David Greig and Gordon McIntyre's Midsummer (a play with songs) will lift your spirits even on the rainiest of days. Now on stage at Tarragon Theatre, this charming two-hander directed by Tamara Bernier Evans follows a mismatched pair in their mid-thirties who come together for a weekend of ill-advised romance and adventure in Edinburgh.

Bob (Brandon McGibbon) and Helena (Carly Street) first lock eyes at a wine bar. He's a failing, semi-criminal car salesman and she's a lawyer who has been stood up by a married man. Bob is totally not her type but after several drinks Helena makes a move. The rest is banished to drunken history. Or so Helena thinks. Until she unexpectedly bumps into Bob again the the next day, this time for a night they will remember forever.

Sweet, edgy, profound and wickedly funny, Midsummer is busker-style performance featuring quirky, heartwarming songs about missed opportunities, getting older, falling in love and second chances. McGibbon and Street are refreshingly authentic and magnetic in these roles, bringing the audience along for a highly entertaining ride driven by first-rate storytelling. If you've ever visited Edinburgh, this play will leave you pining for the city like a long-lost lover.

Midsummer (a play with songs) runs until May 28 at Tarragon Theatre. Visit tarragon.com for more information and to buy tickets.

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