IN 1637, it is said, a street vendor named Jenny Geddes lobbed a stool at a preacher in St Giles. Not, in fact, the earliest heckle in Fringe history, this event reputedly sparked riots which developed into bloody civil wars.
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St John’s Church
The play, at St John’s Church, imagines the day after, as Geddes attempts to explain her actions to her employer. Angela Milton’s fine Geddes dominates, possibly at the expense of the other characters. Mistress Mrs Erskine and servant Christian, who Geddes views with suspicion, are lightly drawn. They illustrate social context without much dramatic purpose or resolution of their own. A short primer in the programme on the historical context might be useful (not least to ease alarm at the title: a ‘creepie’ stool simply means one which folds). But still, it’s a thoughtful take on a complex subject with contemporary resonance in considering the roots of sectarianism.