Poetry, Parables and Live Music

Written by Lee Gershuny

Music Directed and Composed by  Robin Mason

Presented by Corinne Harris, Robin Mason, Peter Galinsky and Lee Gershuny

Luminate, Scotland’s Festival for Creative Ageing present the world premiere of a new work by poet and playwright Lee Gershuny

mccredie-26-06-2016-publicity-147-427x640A modern monk walks the world asking questions as he, or sometimes she, goes – the answers form a colourful fabric of paradox and insight.

Often gentle and funny, frequently poignant and always intelligently observed, Lee Gershuny’s Reflections of a Constant Monk is an interweaving of poetry, parable and original music.

It poses fundamental questions about human existence, whether it has purpose and why the bully seems to get away with trampling on the meek.

But far from despairing, the double gendered monk at the heart of the narrative sees beyond the immediate pain and drudgery of life and points to the possibility of beauty and freedom.

Reflections of a Constant Monk, which premieres at Summerhall in Edinburgh as part of Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival, is rich with a sense of pilgrimage and possibility – a work born of deep experience.

This is brought out to the full by the Edinburgh-based Elements World Theatre, which, for this production, consists of older performers aged 50 to 70

Gershuny, an internationally published poet and award-winning playwright, says: “As life goes on we tend to become increasingly aware of our own follies and foibles, and certainly of our mortality.

“But hopefully we also pick up a little wisdom along the way. Reflections of a Constant Monk looks playfully at some of the big questions we all ask about life and the world through the eyes of a modern-day wandering monk.

“Like the rest of us he or she is confused about why we seem to be permanently teetering on the brink of catastrophe. But he has an endless curiosity and willingness to see beauty in the darkest moment.


Venue: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL Time: 7.30pm | Tickets: £12/£10 | Dates: 12-14 October | Suitability: 12+ Box office: 0131 5601581

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