Fair Intellectuals return

Jan 9 2016 | By More

Free Radio 4 recording for Lucy Porter show

Lucy Porter has expanded her sleeper hit comedy, based on the exploits of a secret society in Enlightenment Edinburgh, for a Radio 4 show to be recorded at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

The Fair Intellectual Club is based on the true story of three young Edinburgh women who formed the titular club in 1717. They recruited other young ladies aged between 15 and 19 with a view to discovering “what we might attain unto if we were as industrious to cultivate our minds as we are to adorn our bodies.”

The Fair Intellectual Club on tour: Photo Eoin Carey

The Fair Intellectual Club on tour: Photo Eoin Carey

Directed by Marilyn Imrie and staring the original cast of Jessica Hardwick, Samara MacLaren and Caroline Deyga, the new episodes will be recorded at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Sundays January 24 and 31, 2016.

In the original production, Lucy Porter used manuscripts and records to tell the story of  the club whose members met in secret to study literature, science and philosophy. The only grounds for leaving the club were marriage or death and the Fair Intellectuals took an oath to preserve the absolute secrecy of their organisation.

It had a hit run at the fringe in 2014 and a successful national tour under the auspices of Stellar Quines. In the new episodes, the original fair intellectuals meet with the likes of Hogarth, Newton and Voltaire.

Tickets to the recordings are free and available from the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Monday 11 January.


The Fair Intellectual Club
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR
Sunday 24 and Sunday 31 January 2016; 7pm.

Free tickets available from Monday 11 January 2016.
Call the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 0131 556 9579
Email: reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com


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