Media Release: National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch returns to the UK next month

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The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of
Black Watch by Gregory Burke, directed by John Tiffany
returns to the UK in 2013

THE National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Black Watch returns to the UK in 2013.
Black Watch will play at the SECC in Glasgow from Wednesday 28th March to Saturday 13th April, supported by ScottishPower, before performances at UAE Sportspark as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival from Wednesday 17th – Saturday 20th April.

Critics are invited to review any performance in Glasgow after Friday 29th March, and in Norwich the performance on Wednesday 17th April.

Following the 2013 UK performances, Black Watch will return to the US, visiting Seattle (25th April – 5th May) and San Francisco (9th May – 16th June).

The production has now played to over 212,000 people, across four continents, winning 22 awards.

Most recently, Black Watch made its Asian debut at the National Theater of Korea, Seoul, in October 2012, having previously that year toured the US, visiting Washington DC and Chicago.

Black Watch has been showcased in festivals and venues in Australia, New Zealand, Glenrothes, Glasgow, New York, London, Toronto, Virginia, Wales, Salford, Coventry, Dublin, Los Angeles, Pitlochry, Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dingwall and Edinburgh.

Hurtling from a pool room in Fife to an armoured wagon in Iraq, Black Watch is based on interviews by Gregory Burke with former soldiers who served in Iraq.

Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, Black Watch reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror and what it means to make the journey home again.

John Tiffany’s production makes powerful and inventive use of movement, music and song to create a visceral, complex and urgent piece of theatre.

Black Watch director, John Tiffany’s production of Once (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical) is currently playing on Broadway and opens in London in March 2013.

Also directed by John and playing on Broadway in 2013, from 7th April to 30th June, is the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Macbeth.

Tiffany’s creative partnership with Black Watch associate director (Music) Steven Hoggett continues this year when they bring the cult Swedish romantic horror film Let the Right One In to the Scottish stage, presented by the National Theatre of Scotland, Marla Rubin Productions Ltd and Dundee Rep.

Creative Team:  Written by Gregory Burke; Directed by John Tiffany; associate director (Movement) – Steven Hoggett; associate director (Music) – Davey Anderson; associate director (Touring) – Joe Douglas; set designer – Laura Hopkins; costume designer – Jessica Brettle; lighting designer – Colin Grenfell; sound designer – Gareth Fry; video designers – Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for Fifty Nine Productions Ltd.; associate movement director – Vicki Manderson; casting director – Anne Henderson; casting associate – Laura Donnelly

Cast (in alphabetical order):

Cameron Barnes                     Macca

Benjamin Davies                    Stewarty

Scott Fletcher                         Kenzie

Andrew Fraser                        Fraz

Robert Jack                             Writer and Sergeant

Stuart Martin                          Cammy

Stephen McCole                     Officer and Lord Elgin

Adam McNamara                   Rossco and Understudying Officer/LordElginand Writer/Sergeant

Richard Rankin                       Granty

Gavin Jon Wright                    Nabsy

Matt McClure                         Understudying  Cammy/Nabsy/Granty/Stewarty

Daniel Portman                      Understudying  Fraz/Kenzie/Rossco/Macca


Venue info: SECC – Hall 2,Exhibition Way,Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 8YW

Booking: 0844 395 4000 / In person from the SECC Box Office (Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 5pm)

On the day sales: A limited number of tickets for sale on the day will be made available for purchase at the venue box office. Pre-paid tickets should be collected at the venue.

Dates and times: There will be performances at 8:00pm on Thurs 28, Fri 29, Sat 30 March, Weds 3, Thurs 4, Fri 5, Sat 6, Weds 10, Thurs 11, Fri 12 and Sat 13 April.

3:00pm matinee performances: Sat 6, Sun 7, and Sat 13 April.

No performances: Sun 31 March, Mon 1, Tues 2, Mon 8 and Tues 9 April

Press performances: Press are invited to attend any performance Friday 29th March

Ticket price: Preview £10 on Thursday 28th March. Schools £10.

There are 20 day tickets at £10 that are only available to personal callers at the box office on the day of the performance for the performances(s) that day. These are subject to availability and limited to four per person.

All other performances £27.50 (£15 concessions)

Running time: 110 minutes (no interval)

Accessible performances: Captioned performance on Weds 10 April

Audio described performance on Thurs 11 April

BSL performance on Fri 12 April

Age guide: suggested 16+

Refreshments: light refreshments available from the venue pre-show

Further information:


Venue info: UEA Sportspark,University ofEast Anglia,NorwichResearchPark,Norwich,Norfolk,NR4 7TJ

Booking: 01603 766400 /  In person from the Norwich Theatre Royal Box Office (Mon – Sat 9.30am – 6pm, 9.30am – 6pm on non performance days)

Dates and Times: There will be performances at 7:30pm Weds 17 – Sat 20th April

2:30pm matinee performance on Sat 20th April

Press performances: Press are invited to attend the performance on Wednesday 17th April

Ticket price: £29.50 / Saturday matinee £15.00

Running time: 110 minutes (no interval)

Age guide: suggested 16+

Further information:


  • Due to the highly physical nature of the performance, if you need to leave during the show you must be escorted by an usher. You will not be allowed to re-enter the show.
  • Strictly no latecomers
  • This production features very strong language, strobe lighting and loud sound effects
  • There is no interval
  • Advance booking for this production is highly recommended



Seattle Theater Group at the Paramount
25 April – 5 May, 2013

San Francisco

American Conservatory Theater at theMissionArmory
9 May – 16 June, 2013

For further information contact:

Adam McDougall, press officer

Tel:  +44 (0)141 227 9231 / +44 (0)7738 153157

Emma Schad, press manager

Tel: +44 (0)141 227 9016 / +44 (0)7930 308018


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1. The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.  Since its launch in February 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating 189 productions in 162 different locations. With no building of its own, the company takes theatre all overScotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings ofScotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests. The company has performed to over 830,000 people across four continents.

2. Norfolk & Norwich Festival is a flagship arts organisation for the East of England with a reputation for innovative, inspirational programming and commissioning. In addition to staging one of the most significant arts festivals in the UK each May, Norfolk & Norwich Festival collaborates throughout the year with local, national and international partners to produce work for a huge and diverse range of audiences, participants and communities.  The organisation has been granted Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status from April 2012 and has been named as one of 14 Bridge Organisations with a mandate to develop arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people in the East of England. Norfolk & Norwich Festival is funded and supported by Arts Council England, Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council and the generous support of sponsors and donors.

3. ScottishPower operates and maintains an extensive power delivery network and provides energy to over five million homes and businesses in the UK. As part of the Iberdrola Group, it is one of the top five energy companies in the world and a global leader in wind energy. Understanding and managing the impact of their business in the community and striving for continuous improvement, is a significant part of ScottishPower’s overall approach to Corporate Social Responsibility. Between 2006 and 2010, the partnership between ScottishPower and National Theatre of Scotland has supported the creation of Transform, fifteen large-scale Community projects across Scotland. And from March 2010 to March 2012 Creative Communities, three large-scale community projects across Scotland.

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