An image of Karine Polwart double-exposed to show trees, birds and evoke nature

Wind Resistance

Wind Resistance
by Karine Polwart
directed by Wils Wilson

Having performed sell-out runs at Edinburgh International Festival 2016 and Celtic Connections 2017, Wind Resistance returns to The Lyceum for a limited run, this time on the main stage.

Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog south-east of Edinburgh. From this windy plateau, writer and singer Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, birdlore and personal memoir. Ideas of sanctuary, maternity, goose skeins, Scottish football legend and medieval medicine all take flight, in this compelling combination of story and song.

Wind Resistance is co-produced with Karine Polwart and was originally presented in association with Edinburgh International Festival, supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

Cast and Credits


Writer Karine Polwart
Director Wils Wilson
Dramaturgs David Greig & Liam Hurley
Sound Design Pippa Murphy
Visual Design Camilla Clark
Lighting Design Jeanine Byrne
Movement Director Janice Parker
Videography Sandy Butler
Production Manager Fiona Fraser
Technical Manager Ian Gibson
Stage Manager Jessica Ward
Live Sound Will Moore


Karine Polwart talks about Wind Resistance.

Dates, Times & Prices

3 - 11 November 2017

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
Approximately 1h 45 minutes (including one 20 minute interval)

For Access performances see below


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £25

Wednesday and Saturday: £25

Not available on Premium Seats: from £10

All prices guaranteed until 1 September 2017


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