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Classic Cuts Season: Wind in the Pines (Matsukaze) Adapted by Paddy Cunneen

Matsukaze means “Wind in the Pines”, and is the title of a Noh play written by Kanami and revised by the great Noh master, Zeami.

Along with “The Well Stone” it is considered one of the greatest plays in the tradition.

The story revolves around two women who die of grief at the loss of their lover.

As with many Noh plays, the story is told in retrospect and the characters themselves are ghosts who, even after death, pine endlessly for their lost lover.

All Noh plays are highly stylised and feature music, mask, singing, chanting and dance; through which they slow the flow of time and so allow an intense engagement with the sensibilities of the suffering characters. These characters are ghostly apparition and therefore ‘exist’ outside time.

Although Noh plays can run to several hours in performance this Classic Cut will bring the same heightened aesthetic to bear in a 45minute version!

Paddy Cunneen is a theatre director, playwright and composer. He is an associate director of Cheek by Jowl Theatre, and of Charioteer Theatre Co. This is his 11th production for PPP at Oran Mor. He is a recipient of the Christopher Whelen Award for Music in Theatre, a Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland, and a Music Industry Award for Best Cast Album for the Donmar Warehouse production of Company. He composes for radio, TV and film – his score for the Channel 4 film Boy A was BAFTA nominated. Two of his plays, Sunburst Finish (with Andrea Gibb), and Disenchantment, were broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He has written three plays for Oran Mor, which have gone on to tour Scotland. Two of them, Fleeto and Wee Andy, will play at this years Edinburgh Festival as part of the Made In Scotland season. He runs “The Sirens Of Titan” community choir, and regularly commissions new works from Scottish-based composers and writers.

Featuring George Drennan, Pauline Knowles, Pola Anton and Clive Bell.

Latest comments

  1. Clive Bell said;

    16 June 2011, 5:06 pm

    Hi, I’m Clive Bell and I’m playing music in the Matsukaze Noh play. I just wanted to clear up a small point: a Noh play doesn’t normally last five hours. One play takes around an hour, and a Japanese audience would go to an afternoon of plays – say, three Noh plays and two short “Kyogen” comedies – stretching over 5 or 6 hours. During that time you can come and go, leave the auditorium for a drink or tea and cake, return refreshed to see your favourite actor, and so on. It’s a relaxed but highly literary way of spending a day. So our version of Matsukaze is not really condensed, but a similar length to the real thing. Meanwhile, thanks for all the great audience feedback,and it’s been a great pleasure playing at Oran Mor. Best wishes, Clive.

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