Theatre (music, storytelling)

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The comic and tragic tale of how the greatest bagpiper of all time rocked the history and traditions of bagpiping and how he changed the life of one young piper forever. 'A roller coaster of emotions, from the joyous to the heartbreakingly devastating' ***** (, Perth, Australia). 'Thunderstruck is a story of humanity full of pathos and the personal effect one man had on another' ***** (Scottish Field). Herald Angel and Scottish Arts Club award-winning show returns to Edinburgh after its international award-winning run at Perth and Adelaide festivals. Written by David Colvin. Directed by Tom Freeman.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: There is level access into the Centre from the John Knox House entrance. If entering using the main SSC entrance there are 9 steps up. Once inside there is a lift that can take customers down to the -1 floor which is the top of the raked seating. If not it is 16 steps down to the top of the raked seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
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  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Karen Noll 147 days ago

I was absolutely blown away from David Colvin’s moving story and his virtuoso bagpiping performance that I so fortunately witnessed. Both funny and poignant, I fought tears even as I was cheering and beaming with the pure joy that comes from an experience that touches your soul.
This is the performance that defines the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is a must-see for everyone!

Paul W 151 days ago

Absolutely superb. The main performer and the support band members were excellent. Compelling story from start to finish. The delivery was top notch.

Caroline Howitt 152 days ago

One of the best things I have seen anywhere, ever. Stunning musicianship and storytelling combine in a tale about transcending limitations and the tragedy inherent in communities that reject difference/creative potential. A true tour de force, unmissable *****

Susan Hughes 152 days ago

An emotional roller coaster. Extraordinarily talented piper. Brilliant.

Simon Price 154 days ago

This was a superb show., The storytelling was amazing, the music excellent and the overall experience was enthralling and highly entertaining. Highly recommended!

Zoe Arnold-Bennett 158 days ago

If you only see one show this year, make it this one. Breathtaking ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

steven wren 158 days ago

I left the theatre overwhelmed. Bravura storytelling and virtuoso piping. It opens up a world of hope and expectation, mirrors Scotland's don't-get-above-yourself mentality and takes us on a journey that makes us desperate to know what's next.
It's funny, it's heartfelt, it's raw and it's raucous. It does all the things we want a 1-man show to do and it does them brilliantly.

John Jamieson 163 days ago

Thunderstruck at the Fringe (10th August) - A Review

A very well deserved standing ovation for David Colvin’s “Thunderstruck” at the Scottish Storytelling Centre venue at the Fringe on it’s opening night on Tuesday 10th August.

Although centred on the story around an outstanding and innovative bagpiper, Gordon Duncan, and his impact on on a younger student of the pipes, the journey the story takes us through humanity, ups and downs, triumphs and heartbreak, the pains of reaching adulthood, emotional turmoil, life, music and so much more.

This is a wonderfully told story with a bit of audience participation to familiarise the audience with the bagpipes themselves, Colvin takes us through a very frank exposition of the bagpipes as a musical instrument, which further underlines, later on, the talent and skills necessary to take this very traditional and martial instrument to new levels, which has given me a new found respect for the pipes.

Colvin’s playing the pipes in the performance is sublime and he is very ably backed by a young and talented band of musicians whose more versatile instruments engage sympathetically with both storyline and the bagpipes.

This show is a must see and is so much bigger than the subject matter. There is a part of this performance that is inescapable, in what is a story based on personal experience that is frank, deeply touching and revealing in terms of the author, which is that it is a quest for redemption where the raw emotion is strongly conveyed by Colvin in one of the most moving performances I have seen.

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