24 Aug

Born To Run In Edinburgh

Shauna MacDonald

After the success of Melanie Jones' Run Woman Show earlier this month, another running-themed production is being shown at the Edinburgh Fringe. Gary McNair's Born To Run was originally produced for a Play, a Pie, and a Pint at Glasgow's Oran Mor, and is now being shown at the Traverse Theatre until 26 August.

Inspired by a true story, the play covers the life of office worker Jane who has been diagnosed with severe epilepsy. After discovering that running can help prevent attacks, she decides to start pounding the pavements around her home and office. She starts to push herself harder, culminating in her taking on the San Antonio Death race through the desert. Whilst there, she has to make a decision over her life and health, following news that she could be eligible for surgery.

Shauna MacDonald (pictured) plays Jane and spends an impressive 50 minutes on a treadmill for the performance. The play has been described as exploring "the ordinary and extraordinary journeys the body and brain can go on when they are tested beyond the point of exhaustion".

To book tickets visit the Traverse Theatre website