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Cancelled - Wind Resistance

This performance has been cancelled, for more information see the Royal Lyceum Theatre Statement on COVID-19 17 March 2020

By Karine Polwart
Directed by Wils Wilson

“You know I don’t believe it’s true, that in this world there’s nothing new, for darling you have just begun, rivers flow and rivers run.”

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.

First produced for the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival, Karine Polwart’s exquisite piece of gig theatre has become a favourite with audiences all over the country, winning plaudits, awards and inspiring a record shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year. Wind Resistance returns home by popular demand to enchant yet more audiences and satisfy established fans.

“remarkable and beautiful”
The Scotsman


Wind Resistance is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and 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/Performer Karine Polwart
Director Wils Wilson
Dramaturgy David Greig and Liam Hurley
Sound Design Pippa Murphy


Karine Polwart Interview

Dates, Times & Prices

25 - 28 March 2020

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Wednesday - Saturday


Wednesday and Saturday



Press Coverage

'A stunning exploration of the myths and stories of the land around us'
The Telegraph

'a magical musical garden of earthly delights'
The Herald

'remarkable and beautiful'
The Scotsman

'Delicate tale of human tragedy that combines music, storytelling and natural soundscapes to find universal themes.'
The Stage

The List

The Edinburgh Reporter

'Karine Polwart’s warm solo show guides us through the landscapes of her Midlothian home with history and humour''
The Guardian

'beautiful and tender'
What's On Stage

'Hauntingly beautiful.'
British Theatre Guide