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National Trust for Scotland to make Edinburgh Fringe debut

A Game of Death and Chance is created by playwright Ben Harrison
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The National Trust for Scotland is making its debut at Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a new interactive play at one of its properties.

A Game of Death and Chance is inspired by and performed at Gladstone’s Land, a townhouse situated on the Royal Mile. It is created by playwright Ben Harrison.

The audience will move through the 500-year-old building and influence the story by making choices about elements of the performance.

This is the National Trust for Scotland’s first production at the fringe. However, the conservation organisation has “dabbled in theatre before” with its production of The Enlightenment at the Georgian House in Edinburgh last year. The organisation also holds regular outdoor theatre events at properties across Scotland in the summer.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “Our members and visitors give us great feedback on our theatre productions so we are hoping this is just the start of our performance calendar.”

Claire Grant, the National Trust for Scotland’s operations manager for Edinburgh, said: “We are very excited to be making our fringe debut this year with a new play that brings the story of Gladstone’s Land and its past residents to life.

“This is an amazing opportunity to introduce a whole new audience to this special place.”

A Game of Death and Chance runs from July 16 to September 8.

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