The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart


The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is a transporting, music-filled folk theater fable, that unfolds within The McKittrick Hotel’s bar and music venue, The Heath, which has been transformed into a high spirited Scottish Pub for the occasion. The full Scottish cast straight from the National Theatre of Scotland perform among and around its audience, weaving an ingenious, lyrical and enchanting story told with live music throughout an intimate and supernatural setting. This limited engagement runs through April 23rd, 2017

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The McKittrick Hotel has done it again!




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Peter Hannah


Peter trained at RADA. His previous work with the National Theatre of Scotland includes The 306: Dawn. Other stage credits include The Greater Game (Southwark Playhouse), Four Play (Theatre 503), Shakespeare In Love (Sonia Friedman Productions), One Arm (Southwark Playhouse), Mock Tudor (Pleasance Courtyard) and A Clockwork Orange (Nottingham Playhouse). Film and television credits include Mr Turner, Doctor Who and Above the Clouds.

Jessica Hardwick


Jessica trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated in 2013. Her theatre credits include The Rivals (Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Playhouse / Citizens, Glasgow), Rapunzel, Miss Julie (Citizens, Glasgow), Lanark: A Life in Three Acts (Citizens, Glasgow/ Edinburgh International Festival), The Venetian Twins (The Lyceum, Edinburgh), The Fair Intellectual Club (Edinburgh Festival Fringe / UK Tour for Stella Quines), Slope (Untitled Projects), Three Sisters (Tron, Glasgow), Crime and Punishment (Citizens, Glasgow/ Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse/ The Lyceum, Edinburgh) and The Antipodes (Sam Wanamaker Festival/ Shakespeare’s Globe). Her radio credits include The Fair Intellectual Club (BBC Radio 4), McLevy and The Pillow Nook (BBC). Jessica was named Best Newcomer at the 2014 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for her performances in Crime and Punishment and Miss Julie. In 2015 she won the Citizens Theatre Society’s Christina Chalmers Award for Best Actor.

Muireann Bird


Muireann trained at Arts Ed London. Her theatre work includes Translations (UK and Irish tour), The School for Scheming (The Orange Tree, Richmond), Riders to the Sea (CogArts) and The Scarecrows’ Wedding (Watford Palace /tour). Her film and television work includes A Nightingale Falling, Eamon, Out of Innocence, Deep Shock, Downpour, Celtic Warriors, Jack Taylor and Rough Diamond. Muireann has played traditional Irish music on a variety instruments from a young age.

George Drennan


George’s theatre work includes Lanark: A Life in Three Acts (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Crazy Jane (Birds of Paradise), Stiff, The Man of La Mancha (The Lyceum, Edinburgh), The Wolves in The Walls (National Theatre of Scotland at the New Victory Theatre, New York) Sunshine on Leith (Dundee Rep), Parahandy (Eden Court), The Government Inspector (Communicado) and Ane Satyre of The Three Estates (at Linlithgow Palace). His television work includes River City, Taggart, Lip Service, Being Victor, Still Game, Gary Tank Commander, Rab C. Nesbitt, Legit and he was also a regular in the Gaelic soap Machair. His film credits include The Flying Scotsman and The Marriage Counsellor.

Owen Whitelaw


Owen trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His previous work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes In Time O’ Strife, Paul Bright’s Confessions Of A Justified Sinner (with untitled projects), Knives In Hens, Peter Pan, Mary Queen Of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, Our Teacher’s A Troll, Cockraoch, 365 and Rupture. Other theatre work includes Trainspotting, King Lear and Sleeping Beauty (Citizens, Glasgow), The Skriker (Manchester Royal Exchange/Manchester International Festival), Slope (untitled projects), Unfaithful (Traverse, Edinburgh), The Life Of Stuff, Cotton Wool and Nowheresville (Theatre 503), Wonderland (Vanishing Point/ Edinburgh International Festival and Naples International Festival), A Puff Of Smoke (Tristan Bates Theatre), About A Goth, 10,000 Metres Deep (Paines Plough) and Romeo and Juliet (Òran Mór). Owen’s television and film work includes One of Us, Dying Light, What Would Ridley Do and Scoring. His radio credits include Kidnapped, McLevy, The Second Mr. Bailey, King Lear and Blindness (BBC Radio 4).



David is a playwright and Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.  His plays include Glasgow Girls, One Day in Spring, Peter Pan, The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland), Dunsinane (National Theatre of Scotland / Royal Shakespeare Company), Lanark: A Life in Three Acts (Edinburgh International Festival/Citizens, Glasgow), The Lorax (Old Vic), The Events (ATC/ Traverse/ Young Vic), Midsummer (Traverse, Soho, and Tricycle) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Musical (London’s West End).


Wils’ work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Ignition, Gobbo (Best Production for Children and Young People, Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland) and HOME Shetland (Best Music, Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland). Wils has created performances in an abandoned house, on a ferry, in a department store, in pubs, in a fleet of cars and even sometimes in theatres.  Her audiences have been invited to eat, dance, walk, sing, drink tea and do the conga. Previous work includes the Olivier-nominated I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre of Great Britain), Praxis Makes Perfect (Best Director, Welsh Theatre Awards) and Candylion (both National Theatre Wales), Scuttlers (Manchester Royal Exchange), ANON (Welsh National Opera), Gastronauts (Royal Court, London) and Manchester Lines (Manchester Library Theatre).  Wils was co-Artistic Director of wilson+wilson (1997-2007),  creating site-specific art, installation and theatre including HOUSE, Mapping the Edge, News from the Seventh Floor and Mulgrave.  She has directed two music videos for Welsh musician Meilyr Jones. She is an Associate Artist at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.


Aly studied theatre arts at Langside College, Glasgow. He has worked extensively in Scotland and internationally as an actor, musician, composer, musical director and sound designer. His previous work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes The James Plays, Calum’s Road, Tall Tales for Small People, Peter Pan, Peeping at Bosch, Gobbo and HOME: Caithness. Other recent work includes The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil, Anna Karenina (Dundee Rep), The Government Inspector, Fergus Lamont, Tam O’Shanter (Communicado), Gastronauts (Royal Court, London), Interiors, The Beggar’s Opera, Subway, Lost Ones, Invisible Man (Vanishing Point), Homers (Traverse, Edinburgh) and Our Bad Magnet (Tron, Glasgow). He won the Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland for The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart<, The Government Inspector and Subway and is the current holder of the Newcastleton Music Festival Border Ballads Cup.


Georgia trained on the Motley Theatre Design Course. Her work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes The Miracle Man, Empty and 365. Other theatre design credits include Midsummer, Perfect Days, Abandonment (Traverse), Arabian Nights (Royal Shakespeare Company), Curse of the Starving Class (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), Yarn (Grid Iron/ Dundee Rep), Helter Skelter (Tramway), Crave (Paines Plough/ Royal Court, London), Arabian Nights (Young Vic and International tour), The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, Sleeping Around, Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco (Paines Plough),Caravan (National Theatre of Norway), Afore Night Come (Theatr Clwyd), The Importance of Being Earnest (Nottingham Playhouse), The Weavers (Gate Theatre), The Sunset Ship (Young Vic). She is now a midwife.


Janice is a choreographer and movement teacher originally trained in Laban Movement. Her work with the National Theatre of Scotland includes Ignition, Ménage à Trois and Truant. Other theatre credits include Wind Resistance (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh/Edinburgh International Festival), The View From Castle Rock (Stellar Quines/Edinburgh International Book Festival), Crazy Jane (Birds of Paradise), The Maw Broon Monologues (Glasgay!), Kes (Catherine Wheels), Age of Arousal (Stellar Quines/Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh) and The Girls of Slender Means (Stellar Quines/Assembly). Janice is Artistic Director of Janice Parker Projects and develops dance and cross-artform performance works with a wide range of people and organizations in Scotland and internationally. Her awards include a Herald Angel, an Unlimited Cultural Olympiad Commission and a Creative Scotland Award.


"I left it in a state of happy intoxication"


“If something is happening at the McKittrick Hotel, it’s probably worth doing….and it continues to be true with its new immersive theater experience, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart”
“…has the warmth one might crave from the theater on a cold, wintery night”


“atirical, absurd, a literary parlor game, a crazy surf through folkloric history, and a wild and celebratory slice of storytelling-as-art”


“The bewitching atmosphere perfectly sets the mood for an unforgettable theatrical experience, driven by brave performances and resourceful staging”