I’m going for the approach that audiences like to take in the largest section of action in the first act and the shortest in the final act. That is a thing isn’t it? So, if you’ve read Part 1 and Part 2 of my trilogy blog, you’ll see that the length is decreasing as we progress.
So, for the final installment – what are the longest and shortest plays that I have seen?
The longest was Lanark: A Life in Three Acts at the Citizens (photographed), which clocked in at 4 hours long. The adaption of Alasdair Gray’s seminal Glasgow novel, Lanark: A Life in Four Books, benefited from combining the 4 books into 3 acts.
The shortest was Far Away by Caryl Churchill, also at the Citizens, with a running time of approximately 45 minutes. It was most notable for an eccentric and hilarious hat parade, which featured a small baby and seemed to last for about half the play.
Have you been to see any epic or modest plays in terms of length? Are you going to see any of the trilogy plays in Scotland this year? Let me know in the comments section below.