[I am grateful to journalist Carol Hogarth for allowing me to post this review of the Langholm performance of David Benson's play:]
Having been in the audience for David Benson's play at the Buccleuch Centre in Langholm last night, and knowing others who saw it at the Theatre Royal in Dumfries last week, I just wanted to let you both know how well it has been received in this area. Last night's audience ... was gripped and visibly moved by what they saw and heard, and the Q&A and discussion after the interval could have gone on all night.
Some fascinating stories and information came from the audience. I know there are many in this area who are reluctant to talk about the disaster now, but clearly there are still some who feel willing and able to.
Even for someone like me who, as a local journalist, has tried to follow the story closely for more than 20 years, seeing and hearing the evidence presented in such a clear and compelling manner was extremely thought provoking. Benson's skill at having balanced the heavy weight history with the truly personal is an incredible achievement.
I wish I'd seen more local politicians and media representatives in the audience - or perhaps they all saw it in Edinburgh last summer, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt!