The title of Scottish playwright David Harrower's A Slow Air refers to a type of free-form bagpipe melody, but it also describes this drama's narrative. In Inis Nua Theatre Company's production, an adult brother and sister, Morna (Emma Gibson) and Athol (Brian McCann), alternate monologues, riffing individually on the circumstances that led to their 14-year estrangement.
Ultimately, it's lovely music, a departure for the dark-ink playwright who penned the passion-driven works Knives in Hens and Blackbird. Its backdrop is the 2007 failed Glasgow Airport attack in which a pair of Muslim terrorists, one British-born, the other Indian, tried to drive an explosives-laden SUV into the airport. This backdrop is both figurative and literal, as Meghan Jones' set features a video screen behind the actors showing images and news clips from the attack spliced between a loop of planes crossing clear-blue skies.