I Hope Your Flowers Bloom
By Raymond Wilson. Presented by All Those Figs
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Festival
2nd- 27th of August 2023
A story of ancient plants and modern relationships.
Flitting between romantic obsession and botanical description, this semi-autobiographical piece by Raymond Wilson offers a raw, moving and genuinely humorous exploration of healthy masculinity, self-worth and working-class access to nature.
Through his friendship with Flo and her modern nomadic lifestyle, Raymond attempts to escape the greyness of the Glasgow scheme into Scotland’s natural world, with some unflinching self-reflection along the way.
Writer / Performer Raymond Wilson
Director Fiona Mackinnon
Producer All Those Figs- Emma Collins
Set Designer James Johnson
Lighting Design Maria Macdonald
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Under the direction of Fiona Mackinnon, the form of the piece comes together beautifully"
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"What’s most striking about the show – huge credit here to director Fiona Mackinnon – is how theatrically simple it is. ...
This sense of restraint allows the prose to shine through brilliantly. It must be one of the purest, most unaffected storytelling hours at the fringe, and all the more effective for it."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "whimsically superb piece of storytelling theatre: simply gorgeous."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "I left uplifted, reminded that the healing available in the natural world should be available to all of us."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"Raymond’s powerful words take us on a journey far from the Scottish Storytelling Centre."
Ed Fest Mag
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- The Wee Review
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- The Quinntessential Review