»Most surprising, perhaps, is the growing sense of implausibility as the stupid decisions of clever people turn the piece into an increasingly histrionic melodrama. Not even the best efforts of Beattie and a fine supporting cast can save this criminally misjudged experiment from itself.«
It features fine performances, but Ian Rankin’s debut play Dark Road is a criminally misjudged experiment, says Mark Brown. His review of the play at The Telegraph.
»Before that happens, though, he [Ian Rankin] has to deal with the launch of the latest Rebus book, Saints of the Shadow Bible (a quote from Leven’s song One Man, One Guitar) in November; and as we speak, he’s enjoying lunch on a break from rehearsing his first stage play, Dark Road, in the studio space across from Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre.«
His Rebus novels have sold in their millions – now Ian Rankin is out to prove that his crime drama can work in the theatre and with a female sleuth. A portrait by David Pollock at The Independent.