Karine Polwart: Wind Resistance

Friday 26 May, 8:00 pm
£23/U26 £11.50
Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA


Written & Performed by Karine Polwart, Dramaturgy by David Greig & Liam Hurley Directed by Wils Wilson

Multiple award-winning musician and singer-songwriter, Karine Polwart opens the 2017 Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival with her stunning solo show Wind Resistance; the sellout hit of 2016’s Edinburgh International Festival and this year’s Celtic Connections.
Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peat-bog south-east of Edinburgh. From this windy plateau, Karine surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, bird-lore, 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.

“A blissful tapestry of images and moving tales, propelled by Polwart’s heavenly voice” ★★★★★ The List
“A poignant, unflinching and beautiful show about healing, protection, the fragility of human life and the world around us. Its music will resonate for a long time” ★★★★★ The Telegraph
‘A thing of beauty and understanding’ ★★★★★ The Stage

This event is sponsored by

The Open University Scotland
The University of Glasgow
The University of the West of Scotland

Karine Polwart Wind Resistance Workshop: Saturday, 27 May

A rare peek into the writing and making of Karine Polwart’s theatre-performance Wind Resistance comes to the Theatre Royal Studio, Dumfries, on Saturday, 27 May.

The four-times winner of BBC Radio Two Scots Trad Musician of the Year, will share some of her techniques and processes for gathering, generating and structuring ideas, images, stories and songs for this intricate piece. There will be a chance to hear snippets of songs and scenes that didn’t make the final performance, but which helped to build it.

And Karine will also offer a glimpse into her forthcoming album A Pocket of Wind Resistance, which includes new songs inspired by the show’s themes.