John McGrath's ceilidh play is staged in a big top, and Jimmy Chisholm compères the show as a ringmaster of sorts while all around him the spirit of Archaos is discernible in the use of a gratuitous car and motorbike. The updates from its 1973 incarnation are erratic, and are changes of style rather than of substance. The story of centuries-old exploitation of the Scottish highlands, however, is as appalling and shocking as ever.
Written for The Independent.
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