Festival review: The Spirit of Frances Wright; Sweet Grassmarket (venue 18)

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This is a fascinating insight into lesser-known but radical Scottish social reformer Frances Wright’s life and her influential work in civil, women’s and human rights in the United States in the 1800s.

It’s well researched by writer/ director Karyn Traut, but like many one-person historical biographical plays, it feels like all the facts have been crammed in at the expense of a dramatically focused story.

Dylan Guy is engaging as Francis and delivers her lines well but has the script on stage – something that makes it feel like a rehearsed reading, rather than a finished show.

Rating: * *

Until 27 August. Today 1:10pm.