Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician, as well as a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer and published essayist. Her songs combine folk influences and myth with themes as diverse as Donald Trump’s corporate megalomania, Charles Darwin’s family life and the complexities of modern parenthood. She sings traditional songs too and writes to commission for theatre, animation and thematic collaborative projects. Karine is five-times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song.  

In association with The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival 2016, Karine wrote, musically directed, and performed Wind Resistance, her critically acclaimed debut work for theatre. A poetic meditation on midwifery, ecology, sanctuary, and solidarity, it combines elements of memoir, essay, myth, sound art and song. Wind Resistance won the BEST MUSIC & SOUND AWARD at the CATS (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland) 2017 and Karine was also been shortlisted for the BEST ACTOR 'Scottish Oscar' in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

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WIND RESISTANCE - EDINBURGH LYCEUM RUN - ON SALE NOW

Having performed sell-out runs at Edinburgh International Festival 2016 and Celtic Connections 2017, Karine's award-winning one-woman theatre show, Wind Resistance, returns to The Lyceum for a limited run, but this time on the main stage.

You can buy tickets here.

3 - 11 November 2017 

EVENINGS, 7.30pm 
Tuesday - Saturday 

MATINEES, 2pm 
Wednesdays and Saturdays 

Running Time 
Approximately 1h 45 minutes (including one 20 minute interval)

 

 

 

 

 

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KARINE SHORTLISTED FOR BEST ACTOR IN 'SCOTTISH OSCARS'

 

Karine has been shortlisted for the Best Actor 'Scottish Oscar' in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards for her performance in Wind Resistance.

"Among the big names up for awards are Ewan McGregor, Liz Lochhead James McAvoy, Karen Gillan, Douglas Henshall, Martin Compston, Morven Christie, David Tennant, Ewen Bremner, Karine Polwart, and Shirley Henderson."

 

 

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WIND RESISTANCE THEATRE AWARD

And the winner for BEST MUSIC & SOUND at the CATS (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland) 2017 goes to.... WIND RESISTANCE!! 

"It goes without saying that Karine Polwart's live score for Wind Resistance was exquisite. The four times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards is no stranger to acclaim. But what made this show more special still was the audio work done by her whole team. Not only did we enjoy the purity of her singing voice, accompanied by tenor guitar, finger piano and live vocal loops, but

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WIND RESISTANCE SHORTLISTED FOR 4 CATS AWARDS

Karine's highly acclaimed one-woman play 'WIND RESISTANCE' has been shortlisted in an incredible 4 categories in the 2016/17 CATS AWARDS (Critic's Awards for Theatre in Scotland)

BEST NEW PLAY 
BEST PRODUCTION 
BEST DIRECTOR 
BEST MUSIC AND SOUND

Winners will be announced at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, on Sunday 11 June.

Next Shows

Apr17

WIND RESISTANCE | PERTH THEATRE

Horsecross Arts, Mill Street, PH1 5HZ, Perth

HERALD ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE SCOTSMAN ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE LIST ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE IRISH TIMES ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE STAGE ✮✮✮✮✮ | TELEGRAPH ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE GUARDIAN ✮✮✮✮✮ 

Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog southeast of Edinburgh.

From this windy plateau, Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, bird-lore and personal memoir. Ideas of sanctuary, maternity, goose skeins, Scottish football legend and medieval medicine all take flight, in this compelling combination of story and song.

The runaway hit of the Edinburgh International Festival 2016, a compelling fable for our modern world, written and performed by Scotland’s leading singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, and directed by Wils Wilson, whose production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart was a smash-hit with Perth audiences, and audiences world-wide, in 2014.

Nominated for Best New Play, Best Production, Best Director and winner of Best Music and Sound at CATS 2017 (Critic’s Awards for Theatre in Scotland).

Apr18

WIND RESISTANCE | PERTH THEATRE

Horsecross Arts, Mill Street, PH1 5HZ, Perth

HERALD ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE SCOTSMAN ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE LIST ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE IRISH TIMES ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE STAGE ✮✮✮✮✮ | TELEGRAPH ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE GUARDIAN ✮✮✮✮✮ 

Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog southeast of Edinburgh.

From this windy plateau, Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, bird-lore and personal memoir. Ideas of sanctuary, maternity, goose skeins, Scottish football legend and medieval medicine all take flight, in this compelling combination of story and song.

The runaway hit of the Edinburgh International Festival 2016, a compelling fable for our modern world, written and performed by Scotland’s leading singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, and directed by Wils Wilson, whose production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart was a smash-hit with Perth audiences, and audiences world-wide, in 2014.

Nominated for Best New Play, Best Production, Best Director and winner of Best Music and Sound at CATS 2017 (Critic’s Awards for Theatre in Scotland).