Double helping at Brunton Theatre

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TWO one-night only dramas tour to Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre over the next couple of weeks.

Tonight it’s the turn of Icarus Theatre Collective, with Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen.

The story of one of the most notorious heroines in theatre, a lady born into a legacy of aristocracy who later realises her time as a single woman has run out.

Recognising she no longer loves the man she married, academic George Tesman, Hedda is driven to diabolical ends as she tries to discover purpose in her life.

Recession and economic boom sit side by side in Hedda’s world, antiquated by patriarchal society and made vibrant by Hedda’s lust for life.

Another poignant drama heading to the East Lothian venue is A November Day, by Thingumajig Theatre (pictured).

In some forgotten boxes, hidden in an attic, a woman discovers the story of her grandfather, a survivor of the First World War, and his unexpected encounter with a stray dog who knew no boundaries.

With evocative puppet characters, live music and an ever-changing set, this is a timeless fable on war and the miracle of friendship when all else seems lost.

A November Day was originally created in 2008 in association with The Imperial War Museum North, at the Brunton Theatre on 8 March, Thingumajig present a revised version to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

• Hedda Gabler, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, tonight, 7.30pm, £11.75, 0131-665 2240

• A November Day, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 8 March, 2pm & 7pm, £6.75, 0131-665 2240