Reviews of Farewell Miss Julie Logan
Celtic Circle have staged it as a consistent two-hander with Vincent Guy and Alex Dee representing the elder, more staid minister and the younger, naïve version respectively. Both actors are highly able and competent and fill out the opposing roles magnificently. In fact, the juxtaposition between the two versions of the character plays nicely into Barrie’s youthful themes. Filled with wry Scotch humour, Farewell Miss Julie Logan is undoubtedly one of this year’s hidden gems... it is an immensely enjoyable and engaging work and well worth a visit.
Richard White’s production has an admirable lightness of touch. The performers –accompanied by spectral violin, whispering voices and fleeting shadows—make a lovely job of it, just sombre enough to convince us they’re genuinely unsettled by the events; just arch enough to acknowledge a strain of mocking humour.
Andrew Burnet, The Scotsman 17/8/05
The poetry of the Scots dialect is intoxicating, as is the intensity of the acting. Dramatic monologue in the original novella is enhanced for the stage by casting two Reverend Adam Yestreens, young and old, rather than the character revealing himself through a single speaking voice. This division is seamlessly accomplished and the interludes of dialogue significantly lighten the tone of the piece.
Leah Milner, Fest 26/8/05
The story is told by both the older and younger Rev Yestreen in near faultless performances. This production has absolutely everything going for it.
M.B., Three Weeks, 23/8/05
Alex's sweeping manipulation of the mask of the ethereal Miss Logan was both tender and touching… His changes of pace were outstanding. Vincent, as the older man, was commanding and convincing without waver. His fixing stare and passionate recollection of traumatic times were full of impact… Rose MacLennan is to be richly congratulated on her sensitive dramatisation of Barrie's novella.
Sandra Affleck, Angus County Press 11/05