NTS’s vampire tale more than lives up to the hype

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Let The Right One In, a stage adaptation of the cult film of the same name, looks likely to be John Tiffany’s directorial swansong for the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS). If so, it’s a farewell present which sums up everything he’s achieved since hitting gold with Black Watch in 2006.

Teaming up with regular scriptwriter Jack Thorne and choreographer Steven Hoggett, Tiffany serves up a bloody and poignant feast of a play.

The story of the blooming relationship between a bullied schoolboy and a vampire who is both young and old, male and female, is transported to Scotland with a light touch - a beautiful set inspired by the forests of nearby Tentsmuir standing in for the Swedish woods.

Both fledgling actors (Martin Quinn and Rebecca Benson) deliver remarkable performances alongside a solid supporting cast.

Highlights are numerous and the technical prowess impressive - no more so than in recreating the notorious swimming pool denouement.

Runs at the Dundee Rep until June 29.