Photographer's Note

If you walk through the Old Town of Edinburgh or, more importantly, down the city's "Royal Mile" during the month of August when the "Edinburgh International Festival" is in full swing, you will be greeted and approached by many groups of young actors, artists and others trying to encourage you to visit many of the theatre productions of the "Edinburgh Fringe", the largest arts festival in the world.

Here in the street I spied a group of young artists who were promoting a play, "The Scarlet Letter and Other Betrayals" which, I suspect, was a rather intense and macabre production - I'm adding the official notes about this play and a couple of notes from critics:

"In Salem the woods are deep, dim and dangerous. The Black Man walks the woods at night - so do lovers. Hester Prynne has beauty, courage, a husband absent for two years, newborn child. Who among the God-fearing men of the Puritans is her lover? Who among the righteous shares her adultery? Hester is not saying. Tongues are wagging. Accused, convicted she stands alone on the scaffold branded with the scarlet letter... A for adultery. And so the story begins."

‘Vibrant ... beautifully realised theatre’ (Scotsman).

‘Must-see show of the Festival’ (BBC Scotland).

I tried my best to "home in" on these two girls (both of whom bear the letter "A" on their chests), one with a noose around her neck, as they were the most remarkable of this little group. There were crowds of people around which enforced quite rigorous cropping of the image too.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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