Confessions of a Justified Sinner (3 stars)

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Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Mark Thomson directs his adaptation of the James Hogg novel with a cast including Ryan Fletcher and Iain Robertson.

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If you knew that you were going to Heaven no matter what you did... what would you do? In this dark thriller, Robert Wringhim’s powerful faith in predestination means he knows his name is in the Book of the Saved. He will be going to Heaven and nothing he does can change it. Based on James Hogg’s classic 1824 novel, Confessions of a Justified Sinner looks at what a man will do when freed (in his own mind at least) from any moral restraints. When Wringhim’s religious certainty is combined with the devious whisperings of a mysterious figure known as Gil-Martin, he finds himself caught up in a blood-soaked life of criminal activity. Hogg’s superb tale of good, evil and the sometimes thin boundary that separates them was a major influence on the writing of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde. With many of the same terrifying themes running through this piece, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a spooky Edinburgh night this Autumn. Mark Thomson directs his own adaptation of this thought-provoking play. The cast includes Ryan Fletcher and Iain Robertson. Visit to find out more.

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Confessions of a Justified Sinner

23 Oct 20093 stars

Fans of this touchstone of the Scottish literary canon can breathe fairly easy. Mark Thomson's adaptation of James Hogg's 1824 novel Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner pulls off the neat trick of being very faithful to the plot of the…

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15 Oct 2009

Get your fill of the stage

The Dark Things, Glasgay, Confessions of a Justifed Sinner, Topdog / Underdog, Othello, Bounce: Insane in the Brain, Bright Black, Kes, The House of Bernarda Alba, We Will Rock You

Hitlist: Theatre

2 Oct 2009

What to see this fortnight

The Grapes of Wrath, Glasgay!, That Face, Curve Foundation, Scottish Ballet, Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Othello

Confessions of a Justified Sinner

1 Oct 2009

The ecclesiastical thriller is more resonant today than ever before

‘If I kill people, if I kill children, if I blow up civilians, if I am in the service of God in my actions then I’m a martyr and I’m justified.’ Mark Thomson, artistic director of the Lyceum, is talking about the main character in his new adaptation of…

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