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Kidnapped:  When Kilts Were Banned - One4Review

Donald Smith’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel is an entertaining, if somewhat speedy, romp through one of Scotland’s great fictional stories. Actors Duncan R Edwards as David Balfour and Gavin Paul as Alan Breck Stewart take on the main roles as well as the other leading characters including Ebenezer Balfour, David’s uncle, and in addition, a variety of minor parts. All the essential elements of the story are depicted; Ebenezer Balfour tricking his nephew to board a ship and be kidnapped; David Balfour’s meeting with Alan Breck Stewart through to the unmasking of the villainous Ebenezer. Both actors give strong portrayals of their characters. Duncan R Edwards brings out the dour, honest qualities of David Balfour, and Gavin Paul, the fierce loyalty of the Highland clansman Alan Breck Stewart to Prince Charlie. This production of a classic adventure story should have a wide appeal to both young and old. ***

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