LAURIE Sansom, artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland, says:
“I am delighted to announce a packed programme of work from the National Theatre of Scotland for January to July 2014, from much valued artists, companies and partners.
“We will continue our international adventures with three touring productions, visiting North America and East Asia, as well as bringing back much loved shows to Scotland into our ever expanding repertoire of popular work. We are kick-starting a remarkable year for Scotland with Kieran Hurley’s Rantin’, which I hope will provoke a dialogue with audiences about Scotland’s national identity.
“As well as touring throughout Scotland and overseas, we will also, in particular, be celebrating Glasgow within the first seven months of our programme with our city-wide community project, The Tin Forest, the return of Glasgow Girls at the Citizens, and a unique take on Glasgow maverick artist, Ivor Cutler, with the National Theatre of Scotland and Vanishing Point’s The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler.”
January and February 2014
• David Greig and Wil Wilson’s almost famous folk theatre fable, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, tours bars and theatres in North America with a dram of whisky for audiences, courtesy of Benromach (from 15 January 2014)
• Rantin’ – Kieran Hurley and friends’ pitch perfect piece of ceilidh –theatre and an inimitable take on Scotland’s national identity, touring throughout Scotland in association with the Arches. (24 January to 1 March 2014).
• Fiona J Mackenzie’s A Little Bird Blown Off Course pays tribute to Gaeldom’s legendary Margaret Fay Shaw at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, as part of Celtic Connections (31 January and 1 February 2014). In partnership with the National Trust for Scotland.
• Glasgow Girls; the triumphant return of Cora Bissett and David Greig’s Glasgow girl power musical, celebrating Culture 2014 in Glasgow, at the Citizens Theatre (20 February to 8 March). Co-produced with the Citizens Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Citizens Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd and Pachamama Productions, in association with Merrigong Theatre Company (Australia).
April and May 2014
• The mighty Dunsinane returns with the company’s first major tour across East Asia. The National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of David’s Greig sequel to Macbeth visits Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan in Spring 2014 (25 April to 11 May 2014).
• Vanishing Point and the National Theatre of Scotland join forces again to celebrate the eccentric world of Scottish icon and exile, Ivor Cutler. The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler is touring to Inverness, Glasgow, Greenock, Stirling and Edinburgh (4 April to 3 May 2014).
• National Theatre of Scotland collaborates again with Òran Mór and A Play, A Pie and a Pint to present a season of plays and UK premieres from Commonwealth writers in Glasgow and in Edinburgh, co-presented with the Traverse Theatre (from 7 April 2014).
June and July 2014
• Dragon continues to win hearts and light fires, with a run in China, at Guang Hua Theatre in Tianjin. The Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre’s production, is presented in a new Chinese version with Scottish creatives at the helm (June 2014). Supported by Creative Scotland and the British Council.
• The National Theatre of Scotland celebrates Glasgow’s industrial past and its creative future in the growing of The Tin Forest: a citywide community project, an international youth theatre festival, a pop-up performance space and an entertainment experience for visitors during the Commonwealth Games (community engagement from January 2014 and performances from June 2014).
The National Theatre of Scotland presents
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
Supported by Benromach Single Malt Whisky
Created by David Greig (writer) and Wils Wilson (director) with designer Georgia McGuinness and composer Alasdair Macrae and movement by Janice Parker.
The full cast is: Annie Grace, Melody Grove, Alasdair Macrae, David McKay and Paul McCole
Touring to North America in 2014
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,created by David Greig (writer) and Wils Wilson (director) is heading back to North America in 2014. The show will tour to Santa Monica, California; Austin, Texas and Miami, Florida from 15 January, launching the Company’s start to 2014.
The production has undertaken the longest international tour by the company to date, spanning four continents, nine countries and 43 different venues. It recently wooed critics and audiences alike when it was presented, off-site by the Royal Court Theatre, in London, during summer 2013.
Director, Wils Wilson, says: “It’s truly wonderful that The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is going to be touring internationally next year. I can’t wait to get back into the rehearsal room with those fantastic performers and set Pru off on her travels. The audience plays such a big part in the show that every performance is different, a challenge, a new encounter. It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to take her to new places in 2014.”
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart premiered in the Victorian Bar at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in 2011, before achieving phenomenal success and critical acclaim at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In keeping with the site-specific origins of the show, the production has been staged in a tavern, breweries, and village halls and studios with bars built in.
“my heart is lost to Prudencia Hart” ***** The Guardian (Adelaide)
“it should tour for eternity” **** The Guardian (London)
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart takes theatre into pubs and other unlikely venues, where stories are told, re-told, sung and passed on. Audiences are invited to share a lock-in with the National Theatre of Scotland’s company of actors and musicians and to indulge in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music and theatre inspired by the Border Ballads, Robert Burns and the poems of Robert Service.
One wintry morning Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. Inspired by the Border Ballads – and delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, devilish encounters and wild karaoke – Prudencia’s dream-like journey of self-discovery unfolds among and around the audience.
Benromach Single Malt Whisky is delighted to announce that it is continuing its partnership with National Theatre of Scotland in sponsoring The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.
The sponsorship is part of Benromach’s venture into the arts and will enable each audience member (18 years and above) to share a dram of Benromach whisky during the show.
Michael Urquhart, managing director of Gordon & MacPhail, owners of the Benromach Distillery in Forres, said: “We’re excited to be continuing our sponsorship of the arts as The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart heads back to North America. It’s a pleasure to be associated with such an individual and artistic performance, which we feel reflects many of the distinctive qualities of the various expressions of our malt whisky.”
Touring to: the Broad Stage, Santa Monica, California, USA (15 January to 8 February); the Bass Theatre, University of Texas, Austin, USA (11 to 15 February); Miami, USA (19 to 23 February).
The National Theatre of Scotland, in association with the Arches, presents
Devised and performed by Kieran Hurley, Gav Prentice, Julia Taudevin and Drew Wright.
Touring across Scotland from January 2014
Opening Performance on Tuesday 28 January at Cove Burgh Hall
Performing in intimate venues, Rantin’ is part cosy living room gathering, part play, part gig session. Rantin’ stitches together visions of Scotland’s romantic past with its ever-changing present reality, exploring the plurality of lives, experiences and cultures to reveal the patchwork identity of a nation. The show is specifically set in the town of each performance and will draw on storytelling, live music and the Scottish folk tradition.
Rantin’, was originally presented as part of the Auteurs project, a collaboration between the National Theatre of Scotland and the Arches, for the 2013 Behaviour festival. The production will start its tour at the Arches, before wending its way across the length and breadth of Scotland.
Rantin’ has been created by lauded young theatre-maker, Kieran Hurley, whose award-winning one man show Beats has recently toured the UK. Recent shows include Hitch (Arches, Forest Fringe), and Chalk Farm, co-written with AJ Taudevin, (co-produced by Òran Mór and ThickSkin). He is the National Theatre of Scotland’s Pearson Playwright in Residence.
Kieran has worked in close collaboration with his co-performers musicians, Gav Prentice and Drew Wright (aka Wounded Knee), and actor and theatre-maker, Julia Taudevin, to create this production.
“…this gorgeous piece of ceilidh-theatre, where music swirls engagingly, is taut, nuanced and illuminatin’ ” (The Herald)
Kieran Hurley says: “I’m really excited to be taking Rantin’ on tour in 2014. We’ve got a great team, and I can’t wait to share the work with audiences across Scotland.”
Touring to: Arches Theatre, Glasgow (Friday 24 & Saturday 25 January); Cove Burgh Hall, Argyll & Bute (Tuesday 28 January); Kilmardinny Arts Centre, Bearsden (Wednesday 29 January); Castlepark Community Centre, Irvine (Thursday 30 January); Carmichael Hall, Eastwood (Friday 31 January); Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (Saturday 1 February); Ayr College, Dam Park, South Ayrshire; (Monday 3 February); Town House, Hamilton (Tuesday 4 February); Summerhall, Edinburgh (Thursday 6 February); Methil Community Education Centre, Leven (Friday 7 February); Birnam Institute, Perthshire (Saturday 8 February); Woodend Barn, Banchory (Tuesday 11 February); The Warehouse Theatre, Lossiemouth (Wednesday 12 February); Assembly Rooms, Wick (Thursday 13 February); Kirkwall Town Hall, Orkney (Saturday 15 February) Mill Theatre, Thurso (Tuesday 18 February); Tongue Village Hall, Caithness (Wednesday 19 February); Durness Village Hall, Sutherland (Friday 21 February) Ullapool Village Hall, Ross-shire (Saturday 22 February); Drumfuin Theatre, Tobermory, Mull (Tuesday 25 February); Corran Hall, Oban (Thursday 27 February); Paisley Museum, Renfrewshire (Saturday 1 March).
The National Theatre of Scotland, in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, presents
A Little Bird Blown Off Course (Eun Bheag Chanaidh)
Created and performed by Fiona J MacKenzie with Signy Jakobsdottir, Alastair Iain Paterson, Patsy Reid and Innes White.
Music director, Donald Shaw; video designer, Colin Bell and designer, Colin O’Hara.
At the Tron Theatre on 31 January and 1 February 2014 as part of Celtic Connections, 8pm.
Originally presented in partnership with the Blas Festival, to critical acclaim, in September 2013, A Little Bird Blown Off Course celebrates both the work of Pittsburgh-born folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw (1903-2004) and the priceless archive of Hebridean culture she amassed.
A Little Bird Blown Off Course, which is part of the 2014 Celtic Connections festival, is an intimate yet ambitious piece of contemporary theatre combining live music, song, text and film. It has been created by Gaelic singer-songwriter Fiona J Mackenzie who performs alongside Innes White, Signy Jakobsdottir, Pasty Reid and Alistair Iain Paterson under the musical direction of Donald Shaw.
“…superbly performed by Fiona Mackenzie with a terrific four-piece band” The Scotsman
Margaret Fay Shaw was one of the most notable and important collectors of authentic Scottish Gaelic song in the 20th century, even though her name may not be well-known outside traditional music circles.
Lifting extracts from Margaret’s autobiography, letters, personal photography and previously unseen film footage of island life, A Little Bird Blown Off Course casts fresh light on the importance of this collection to Gaelic culture past and present.
The production will feature live music and song, including extracts from Gaelic song recordings that Margaret and her husband John Lorne Campbell documented and preserved and that form the rich legacy they have bequeathed to Scotland.
Fiona J McKenzie says: “The development and resulting tour of A Little Bird Blown Off Course (Eun Bheag Chanaidh) was a dream come true for me and could only have been improved upon by being given the chance to showcase Margaret Fay Shaw’s work to a bigger audience. The opportunity to now take it to the national and international audiences of Celtic Connections is absolutely wonderful and a totally exciting challenge which I relish. I am particularly delighted that the many Gaels of the Central Belt will get the chance to see the show, see some hopefully familiar pictures but also perhaps hear some songs they didn’t know, or had forgotten, that they owned.”
National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Citizens Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd and Pachamama Productions, in association with Merrigong Theatre Company (Australia) present
Inspired by a true story; conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett.
Book by David Greig; music and lyrics by Cora Bissett, Sumati Bhardwaj (Soom T), Patricia Panther and the Kielty Brothers. Musical direction and arrangements by Hilary Brooks, associate musical direction by Jon Beales, set design by Merle Hensel, lighting design by Lizzie Powell, sound design by Fergus O’Hare, choreography by Natasha Gilmore.
20 February until 8 March 2014 at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Opening performance on Friday 21 February 2014
The full cast: Callum Cuthbertson, Roanna Davidson, Karen Fishwick, Myra McFadyen, Stephanie McGregor, Joanne McGuinness, Amaka Okafor, Patricia Panther, Juliana Yazbeck.
Glasgow Girls, the modern Scottish musical based on a real-life political campaign started by a group of teenage girls from the city, is returning to the Citizens next year, as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Glasgow Girls, conceived and directed by awarding-winning director, actor and musician, Cora Bissett (creator of the award-winning Roadkill) with book by David Greig, (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, West End) was recently nominated for ‘Best Musical Production’ in the 2013 UK Theatre Awards.
The show features all original songs from the diverse talents of the musical creative team which includes electronic grime from Patricia Panther, reggae-dub from Scots-Asian Rapper Sumati Bhardwaj (MC Soom T), folk/rock from Cora Bissett and additional songs from the Kielty Brothers. The title track, We Are The Glasgow Girls by Sumati Bhardwaj (MC Soom T) and Hilary Brooks, released under Soom T’s own label, Folk U Records is available for purchase/download from Amazon iTunes and Boomkat.
Glasgow Girls is based on real-life events from Glasgow in 2005. A group of seven young women from Drumchapel High School started campaigning against the poor treatment of refused asylum seekers after the detention of one of their friends, Agnesa Murselaj, whose family had fled from war-torn Kosovo. This group undertook one of the most vocal and powerful pro-asylum seeker campaigns in the country, appearing in a BBC television documentary and hosts of interviews.
BBC Three has also recently commissioned a film about the real-life Glasgow Girls which will air in summer 2014 as part of the BBC’s Commonwealth Games programming. It will be produced by Minnow Films and overseen by BAFTA and Emmy-winning executive producer, Colin Barr. It will be written by Joe Barton who is currently working with BBC Three on an epic three-part drama series about the First World War.
“Staged and performed with an integrity that makes it the most politically engaged and enraged British musical since Blood Brothers, but it is even more raw and heartbreaking because it is entirely true.” ★★★★★ Sunday Express
Cora Bissett says: “I am delighted that Glasgow Girls is coming back to the Citizens Theatre and the city it originated from, especially during such an important year, when Glasgow is hosting the Commonwealth Games. It feels incredibly fitting and timely to remount this show which celebrates the diversity of people, and the brave and passionate community spirit which characterises Glasgow in the 21st century, during a year which seeks to showcase and celebrate the culture of Scotland.”
The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland.
The National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company present
By David Greig and directed by Roxana Silbert
Touring East Asia in spring 2014
The National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production Dunsinane, David Greig’s majestic sequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth is touring to Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan in 2014. First premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Hampstead Theatre in 2010, the production received its Scottish premiere in 2011 and enjoyed a triumphant eight week tour of Scotland and England in autumn 2013.
Dunsinane is the setting for Greig’s play, the Scottish garrison town where the English occupying army is ready to commence battle and historically believed to be where Malcolm defeated Macbeth in 1054. Greig has taken Scotland’s real history and dramatically mixed it with the setting of Shakespeare’s play, one of the most famous landscapes in literature, even though Shakespeare himself never set foot on Scottish soil.
The tour marks the latest development in the National Theatre of Scotland’s growing relationship with East Asia. Previous productions performed there include Black Watch (National Theater of Korea in 2012) and the company’s presentation of the Citizens Theatre’s production of David Greig’s The Monster in the Hall (China in 2012). 2012 also saw the announcement of an international new writing partnership with the National Theatre of China, culminating in a season of new work from China, performed in Glasgow and Edinburgh and presented in partnership with Òran Mór.
Another Chinese collaboration followed in October 2013, as the National Theatre of Scotland, Vox Motus and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre presented the world premiere of Dragon at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. The production subsequently played to houses across Scotland and England, to great critical acclaim, and will also tour to East Asia in June 2014.
Cast of Dunsinane to be confirmed.
Touring to Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai( 25 &26 Apr); Kwai Tsing Theatre, Hong Kong (2-4 May) and JHIHDE Hall, Kaohsiung Cultural Centre, Taiwan (9 to 11 May).
Vanishing Point and the National Theatre of Scotland, in association with Eden Court Theatre present
THE BEAUTIFUL COSMOS OF IVOR CUTLER
Conceived and directed by Matthew Lenton
Created by James Fortune, Sandy Grierson and Matthew Lenton
Text by Sandy Grierson with the company.
Musical direction and arrangement by James Fortune
Set and lighting design by Kai Fisher, sound design by Mark Melville
Touring across Scotland in spring 2014
Opening performance is at the Citizens Theatre on 10 April 2014
Cast includes Sandy Grierson and Elicia Daly
Vanishing Point and the National Theatre of Scotland have joined forces again to co-present the first theatrical presentation exploring the work of the extraordinary artist Ivor Cutler. The two companies previously co-produced the stage premiere of Little Otik in 2008.
Matthew Lenton, artistic director of Vanishing Point, says: “We are delighted to be working again with our friends at the National Theatre of Scotland. The work of both companies has soared both in Scotland and internationally since our last collaboration and this co-production will mark another stage in our journeys. Vanishing Point has been flirting with Ivor Cutler for some time now, ever since we first met him among the pages of Life in a Scotch Sitting Room. We spent a bit of time together and got to like each other. Finally we plucked up the courage to propose and he said yes. We’re sure the marriage will be a happy one. Welcome to our beautiful cosmos…”
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler is a musical and visual journey based on the songs, stories and poems of one of Scotland’s most iconic exiles.
A Jewish, Scottish, Londoner, Ivor Cutler was a wholehearted eccentric whose music and words range from the whimsical to the disturbing. A true maverick, Ivor Cutler was possibly the only artist to have been played on Radios 1,2,3,4 and 6. He was signed by all the major record labels, influenced the Beatles and was championed by John Peel.
Vanishing Point are major players in Scottish theatre at home and internationally, renowned for their highly visual multi-media theatrical style. Recent productions include Wonderland (Edinburgh International Festival), Interiors and Saturday Night.
Touring to Eden Court, Inverness (4 and 5 April – previews); the Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow (9 to 19 April, no performances 13/14); Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (23 April); macrobert, Stirling (25 April); the Traverse, Edinburgh (29 April to 3 May). The opening performance is at the Citizens Theatre on 10 April 2014.
The National Theatre of Scotland in partnership with Òran Mór presents
Three UK premieres of plays from Commonwealth writers
The Last Bloom by Amba Chevannes (Jamaica), directed by Hamish Pirie
Presented with the Traverse Theatre
7 to 12 April at Òran Mór and 15 to 19 April at the Traverse Theatre
Voices from The Black That I Am by Karl O’Brian Williams (Jamaica)
12 to 17 May at Òran Mór
And an additional play, details to be announced, at Òran Mór, from 2 to 7 June.
The National Theatre of Scotland and Òran Mór are back in business, collaborating on their fourth international A Play, A Pie and a Pint season, bringing new voices from the Commonwealth to lunch time audiences in Glasgow and Edinburgh, marking the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow in 2014.
The previous three international new writing collaborations between the National Theatre of Scotland, Òran Mór and A Play, A Pie and a Pint have seen new work premiered in Scotland by writers from South America (2011), the Arab World (2012) and China (2013).
David MacLennan, director of A Play, A Pie and A Pint says: “In the year of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the National Theatre of Scotland, A Play, A Pie and A Pint and the Traverse Theatre are co-producing three plays by writers from West Africa and the Caribbean. Glasgow’s wealth was established in large part through the slave trade and we are delighted now to be collaborating artistically with playwrights from countries which were scarred by that dark period of our shared history.”
Voices from the Black That I Am by Karl O’Brian Williams is a series of monologues and a theatrical meditation of questions on issues of blackness, gender, sexuality, and nationalism. The play explores the personal journey of a black Caribbean immigrant navigating various foreign territories.
Karl O’Brian Williams is a Jamaican playwright. He won the award for Best New Jamaican Play for The Black That I Am and Not About Eve in 2005 and 2006 respectively. The Off-Off Broadway production of Not About Eve garnered three AUDELCO Award nominations in 2013. He lectures in the speech and theatre department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY), and is the artistic director of Braata Productions.
The Last Bloom tells the story of Cynthia and Myrtle, two contrasting characters from different backgrounds, who share a nursing home room. They battle for dominance over space and the ‘rights’ to each other’s memories, often blurring the lines between fiction and reality. In the end, their true stories are revealed and an unlikely friendship develops.
Amba Chevannes is a playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician from Jamaica. She is presently teaching Dramatic Writing at The University of the West Indies, Mona.
Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre (China) present
Written by Oliver Emanuel; Conceived by Jamie Harrison, Oliver Emanuel and Candice Edmunds
Supported by Creative Scotland and the British Council
At Guang Hua Theatre, Tianjin in June 2014
Directed by Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison, designed by Jamie Harrison, puppet design by Jamie Harrison and Guy Bishop, music composed by Tim Phillips, lighting design by Simon Wilkinson, sound design by Mark Melville and assistant director Guo Yan.
Cast includes: Tao Yan and Zhang Kai
Following the world premiere earlier this year, Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland, and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre (China) will be presenting a Chinese version of Dragon - a spectacular piece of theatre without words for adults, teenagers and children, in China in June 2014.
The two original Chinese performers from the production, Tao Yan and Zhang Kai will be joined by other Chinese cast members working alongside the original Scottish creative team to bring the production back to life. This is a unique international collaboration and a new model for producing theatre with partners overseas.
Dragon won the hearts of audiences and garnered great critical reviews through an extraordinary visual story, told without words, featuring puppetry, illusion and original music. Dragon brings together the visual languages of cinema and graphic novels using puppetry, object manipulation, staging and flying technologies to create a cross-generational theatrical event.
Vox Motus worked with puppet engineer Guy Bishop to build Dragon puppet prototypes from Jamie Harrison’s dragon designs. Harrison, Vox Motus’s co-artistic director, is the Puppet and Illusion Designer for the highly successful West End production, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes (Warner Brothers/Neal Street Productions). Dragon’s unique staging and design is influenced by the history and culture of Eastern dragons.
The story of Dragon is based on personal experiences and is written by Glasgow-based playwright Oliver Emanuel, who wrote the acclaimed adaptation of The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish for the National Theatre of Scotland and the internationally successful Titus (macrobert).
Original music is composed by Tim Phillips, Co-Artistic Director of Filter Theatre. Tim has written music for a range of film and television productions including six seasons of Channel 4’s hit show, Shameless.
VOX MOTUS Artistic Directors Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds conceive, direct and design all Vox Motus’ productions. Previous productions include The Infamous Brothers Davenport, in co-production with the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh (2012); The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo (2011); Bright Black (2010) and the award-winning Slick (2008 – 2009 & 2013 ). Vox Motus are also currently developing a new show inspired by HG Wells’ The Time Machine for production in 2014.
The National Theatre of Scotland, in association with Scottish Youth Theatre, presents,
The Tin Forest
A celebration of Glasgow’s industrial past and creative future
Taking place at the South Rotunda on Clydeside, across Glasgow and the Commonwealth
Part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme
Inspired by the book by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson
Led by Graham McLaren and Simon Sharkey
Communities lead artists: Pete Collins, Lu Kemp, Simon Sharkey, Philippa Tomlin
International performing company director for Scottish Youth Theatre: Fraser MacLeod
Puppet designer, maker and coach: Gavin Glover
Director, South Rotunda Events: Graham McLaren
Produced in association with Scottish Youth Theatre and supported by Glasgow Life, Creative Scotland, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Homecoming Scotland
As the finalé to an eight month project across Glasgow and the Commonwealth, exploring Glasgow’s industrial heritage and 21st century future and taking place as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, the National Theatre of Scotland will take over the South Rotunda on the Clydeside, creating a pop-up arts space for a rich programme of performance and visual art.
The iconic building will be home to an immersive puppet experience and visual art installation, inspired by Helen Ward’s bestselling book The Tin Forest, and created by National Theatre of Scotland associate director, Graham McLaren (In Time o’ Strife, A Doll’s House), in collaboration once more with celebrated puppet-designer Gavin Glover – the two previously worked together on the National Theatre of Scotland’s acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol.
The South Rotunda will also provide the backdrop to: a seven day festival created by international young theatre-makers; a world class visual art installation; a large scale opening event, featuring live music from leading Scottish artists. All performances at the South Rotunda will be part of Festival 2014, the Commonwealth Games-time Glasgow based strand of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.
The first phase of The Tin Forest project will see National Theatre of Scotland Associate Director Simon Sharkey (Jump, 99…100) lead a team of creative artists in engagement across the city and with four ex-industrial communities across Glasgow: Springburn (railways), Govan (shipbuilding), East End (steel) and Southwest (aircraft components).
Taking as its inspiration the story of The Tin Forest, in which a lonely old man transforms his surrounding landscape from a place “near nowhere and close to forgotten” to somewhere “filled with all the things that everyone wanted,” the company will invite participants to retell the story of their local communities. They will present Glasgow’s industrial past and imagine what the future might look like. Each community will work with a team of directors, writers, musicians, visual artists, choreographers and other theatre-makers, to devise and create a large scale site-specific event, to be performed in their local area in June 2014.
A specially commissioned Tin Forest International Youth Performing Company – an ensemble of 90 young theatre makers drawn from the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth – will flood the city with site-responsive theatre, responding to the themes of The Tin Forest and a selection of iconic Glasgow locations. Directed by Scottish Youth Theatre associate artistic director, Fraser MacLeod, they will perform on the city’s streets, bridges and public transport, and in parks, ‘stalled spaces’ and public places.
The Tin Forest International Youth Theatre Festival will bring together ten established youth theatre companies from around the Commonwealth. The companies are: Manifesto Jamaica from Kingston, Jamaica; FanFiction Comedy from Auckland, New Zealand; Made In Bristol from Bristol Old Vic, England; X Theatre from Dhaka, Bangladesh; Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre from Malta; YUVA EKTA-Youth Unite from New Delhi in India. The four Scottish companies are Urban Fairytale Theatre Company from Glasgow; Collision from Buckhaven, Fife; Aberdeen Performing Arts Youth Theatre, Aberdeen; Physical Theatre Scotland from Edinburgh. These groups will devise and perform a piece in their home country – inspired by the concept of ‘near nowhere…to somewhere’ – before presenting it to audiences in Glasgow at the South Rotunda from Thursday 24th to Monday 28th July. They will also take part in a residential theatre course, working closely with established, professional theatre-makers, engaging in cultural exchange and building on their existing skills and knowledge.
The Tin Forest opening event will bring together all the participants at the South Rotunda on Tuesday 22nd July, 2014, featuring live music and performance.
Graham McLaren, associate director at the National Theatre of Scotland, says: “I’ve imagined making a show in Glasgow’s South Rotunda since I was a boy. I can think of no place better for us to remember where Glasgow has been, and to dream of where we are going.”
Simon Sharkey, associate director at the National Theatre of Scotland, says: “Having been all over Scotland, making large scale site-specific event theatre with the most wonderful communities, it is unbearably exciting to bring our ‘Theatre without Walls’ to my home city. I can’t wait to engage with the communities of Glasgow and connect them to the Commonwealth by retelling their stories and re-imagining our future in the world, with them.”
Touring to: The Tin Forest at the South Rotunda on Glasgow’s Clydeside:
performances from Thursday 24th July – Sunday 3rd August 2014
Opening Event: At the South Rotunda on Tuesday 22nd July 2014
NOTES TO EDITORS
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 over 200 productions in 174 different locations. With no building of its own, the company takes theatre all over Scotland 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 of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests. The Company has performed to over 1,000,000 people across four continents. www.nationaltheatrescotland.com
2. The Arches, one of Europe’s leading cultural venues, is both an arts receiving and production house with an international reputation as an exciting hub of ground-breaking creativity. Housed within seven Grade A listed Victorian railway arches in Glasgow city centre, the venue presents a year-round programme of theatre, performance, dance, visual art, live music, corporate events and club nights. The programming team employs calculated risk-taking in all of its creative decisions, nurturing emergent talent and rewarding bold approaches with a supportive environment for further innovation.
3. Established in 1898, Benromach distillery changed hands many times and was virtually derelict when bought by Gordon & MacPhail in 1993. Drawing on generations of whisky expertise, the company carried out a painstaking refurbishment, and the distillery was officially re-opened by Prince Charles in 1998. Just three men hand-craft Benromach using the finest Scottish barley and the purest spring water from the nearby Romach Hills. They fill new spirit into the highest quality casks before leaving it to mature at the distillery for many years. The Benromach portfolio includes the award winning Benromach 10 Years Old and the first fully certified organic single malt – Benromach Organic.
4. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is an international charitable foundation with cultural, educational, social and scientific interests. Based in Lisbon with offices in London and Paris, the Foundation is in a privileged position to support national and transnational work tackling contemporary issues. The purpose of the UK branch is to bring about long-term improvements in well-being, particularly for the most vulnerable, by creating connections across boundaries (national borders, communities, disciplines and sectors) which deliver social, cultural and environmental value. We support innovative projects and partnerships within time-limited and purposeful strands of activity. For more information about the work of the Foundation in the UK, visit Partnerships and Initiatives at www.gulbenkian.org.uk
5. Citizens Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. It has been one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres since 1945, recognised internationally as a leader in its field. Fondly known as The Citz, it is led by artistic director, Dominic Hill. Within a beautiful Victorian auditorium that dates from 1878, the Citizens presents a world-class, contemporary repertoire based on British and foreign classics and new writing. Every week of the year our Citizens Learning team run activities for children, young people, students, older people and families as well as working closely with marginalised groups, people with additional support needs and in disadvantaged communities across Scotland.
6. Creative Scotland is the national organisation that funds and supports the development of Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland has four objectives: to develop and sustain a thriving environment for the arts, screen and creative industries; to support excellence in artistic and creative practice; to improve access to and participation in, arts and creative activity; and to deliver our services efficiently and effectively. In 2013/14 we will distribute over £100m in funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information on Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland
7. The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme launched in July 2013 and is a national celebration with two strands: Culture 2014 and Festival 2014. Culture 2014 is an unprecedented national programme of extraordinary new work by world-leading and emerging Scottish and international artists. These come together in one programme, creating a journey throughout Scotland that frames and celebrates the Games. Festival 2014 is a massive Games- time celebration in Glasgow running alongside the sporting action, transforming the city from 19 July to 3 August with an invigorating mix of entertainment, culture and enjoyment filling the streets, spaces and stages of Glasgow. The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is an opportunity for the whole of Scotland to get involved in the Games. From grassroots celebrations to large scale projects: the aim is for every community in Glasgow and Scotland to celebrate and benefit from this historic event. The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland. www.glasgow2014.com/culture
8. Homecoming Scotland 2014 Scotland will welcome the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 – providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run from 31 December 2013 to 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners. To find out more visit www.homecomingscotland.com
9. Richard Jordan is an Olivier and TONY award-winning producer. Described by The Stage Newspaper as ‘one of the UK’s most prolific theatre producers’ and named seven times in their annual list of the Top 100 UK theatre professionals, his London-based production company enjoys relationships with many of the world’s leading theatres and has produced over 180 productions in 19 different countries including 60 world-premieres and 59 US, UK and Australian premieres by both new and established writers winning a variety of major awards.
10. Merrigong Theatre Company manages one of Australia’s busiest, most dynamic, regional venues – Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in Wollongong, about an hour south of Sydney. Merrigong is also a vibrant theatre company in its own right – producing, presenting and touring exciting contemporary theatre and supporting the development of a wide range of independent theatre-makers. The company presents a diverse annual season of theatre, dance and children’s programming. Under Artistic Director / CEO, Simon Hinton, in 2006 Merrigong began producing in-house for its subscription season, and in 2008 began to regularly tour work to other venues around the country.
11. The National Trust for Scotland is one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities, which relies on the financial support of its members to fund its important work of caring for the natural and cultural heritage of Scotland for everyone to enjoy. The islands of Canna and Sanday were gifted to the National Trust for Scotland in 1981 by John Lorne Campbell. Canna is 4.5 miles long by 1 mile wide and is one of Scotland’s most important seabird colonies. Canna House is open to visitors on Wednesdays and Saturdays until 30 September and on Sundays for the rest of the year.
12. A Play, a Pie and a Pint is the UK’s largest commissioner and producer of new drama. Founded in 2004, it has mounted over 300 productions in the last nine years. Plays from Òran Mór have been produced in England, Ireland, Sweden, Holland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Australia and the USA. In 2011 A Play, a Pie and a Pint co-produced a season of six plays from Latin America with the National Theatre of Scotland and in 2012 the two companies co-produced a similar season of works from the Arab World. http://playpiepint.com/
13. The Royal Shakespeare Company aims to keep audiences in touch with Shakespeare as our contemporary – understanding his work through today’s artists, actors and writers. Therefore the Company’s repertoire not only includes the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, but classic plays by international dramatists and work by living writers. The RSC also produces extensive education and outreach work to engage more people with Shakespeare’s work and live theatre. The RSC’s work is performed throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon, regularly in London and throughout the United Kingdom. Although the UK is the Company’s home, its audiences are global with regular performances in international theatres. For more information about the Royal Shakespeare Company visit www.rsc.org.uk.
14. Scottish Youth Theatre – giving young people in Scotland the opportunity to explore and to reach their creative potential through a quality theatre arts experience. Using the youth theatre/drama process to develop not only creativity and performance skills but also transferable skills in participants, Scottish Youth Theatre puts particular emphasis on each individual’s personal and social development.
15. Theatre Royal Stratford East is a prolific developer of new work, attracting artists and audiences often not represented in many other venues. An important aspect of its work is the development of new musical theatre. The Theatre’s vision is to break new ground with musicals that bring contemporary and urban music into the mainstream of British theatre. This has led to the production of a broad spectrum of acclaimed sell-out musicals with its work transferring nationally and internationally. These include Baiju Bawra, Da Boyz, the Olivier nominated The Big Life, The Harder They Come, The Blacks, Come Dancing (Best New Musical – What’s On Stage Awards), Takeaway, Clockwork Orange, Reasons to be Cheerful (with Graeae Theatre Company and New Wolsey Theatre), Britain’s Got Bhangra (with Rifco Arts & Warwick Arts Centre), the Olivier Award winning Pied Piper (with Boy Blue Ents), Wah! Wah! Girls (with Sadler’s Wells and Kneehigh) , Glasgow Girls (with National Theatre of Scotland and Citizens Theatre in association with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd, Pachamama Productions and Merrigong Theatre Company (Australia)) and Oh What a Lovely War (2014). This famous producing theatre, located in the heart of London’s East End on the edge of the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, prides itself on creating world class work that reflects the concerns, hopes and dreams of its community. www.stratfordeast.com
16. Tianjin People’s Arts Theatre (China) was established in 1951. It is the company’s mission to sustain artistic excellence and nurture emerging artists. Over the years, the company has produced more than 400 productions with a diverse range of shows including One Man, Two Governors; Sunrise; King Lear; A Streetcar Named Desire; The True Story of Ah Q; Thunder Storm. Recent productions include new adaptations of Chinese folklore Monkey King Conquers the White Bones Demon, The Laughing Buddha and Story of Qixi. In 2011, TPAT (China) and Tianjin Children’s Arts Theatre became one company under the leadership of currently Artistic Director Zhong Hai.
17. Traverse Theatre – Last Bloom features as the second of five plays presented at the Traverse Theatre as part of their A Play, A Pie and a Pint season running from 1 April – 3 May in collaboration with Òran Mór. Full Spring season details available from 7 January 2014.
NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND ARTISTS 2014
Cora Bissett – associate director of National Theatre of Scotland and creator/director of Glasgow Girls
Cora Bissett is a director, actor, musician and artistic director of Pachamama. Following a career in rock music, she has worked extensively in theatre, TV and film including the Palme D’Or-winning feature Red Road. She won the Stage Award for Best Actor for her role in the Traverse Theatre’s production of David Greig’s hit rom-com Midsummer in 2009 which subsequently toured to Vancouver, Brussels and enjoyed a sell-out run at Soho Theatre, London. Television credits include Rab C Nesbitt, Rebus, High Times. Cora won the Arches Award for ‘New Directors’ in 2008 and devised and directed her first piece Amada, based on an Isabel Allende short story, which went on to tour nationally. Pachamama was launched with Roadkill at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe garnering nine major awards. It toured to Glasgow, London, Paris, Chicago and New York. The London season was a co-production between Pachamama Productions, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd, the Barbican and Theatre Royal Stratford East, in association with Traverse Theatre. Her collaborative music/theatre project with The Arches ‘Whatever Gets You through the Night‘ was a sell-out success at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and won the ‘Theatre Award’ in the Creative Scotland Awards in 2012.
Candice Edmunds – co-artistic director of Vox Motus and co-creator/director of Dragon
Candice graduated from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire with a BA (Acting) in 2002. In 2003 she founded Vox Motus with Jamie Harrison with the aim of creating innovative, visual contemporary theatre that would appeal to their non arts-based peers. For Vox Motus Candice has co-created and directed The Infamous Brothers Davenport, The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo, Bright Black, Slick, How to Steal a Diamond and Interference with Jamie Harrison. Their productions have toured Scotland, England, Ireland and Germany and been nominated for, and won,numerous awards, including a prestigious Fringe First. Candice worked as Creative Consultant on Exhibition Road’s 2012 Olympic Festival in London. In 2011 she co-directed an inter-generational dance theatre production A Conversation With Carmel for Barrowland Ballet. Candice has also worked on numerous theatre projects involving young people, including directing a youth production for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Exchange programme.
Oliver Emanuel – co-creator/writer of Dragon
Oliver is a playwright based in Glasgow. He has written plays for most of the major theatres in Scotland as well as extensively for BBC Radio. Recent work includes: The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish (National Theatre of Scotland) and Titus (macrobert).
David Greig – co-creator of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart; writer of Glasgow Girls and Dunsinane
David is a playwright, screenwriter and director. His work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, One Day in Spring, Glasgow Girls, Peter Pan, The Bacchae, Futurology: A Global Review and Gobbo. His production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened in the West End in 2013 and his new play The Events premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in August 2013. Other theatre highlights include The Monster In The Hall, Midsummer, Yellow Moon, Being Norwegian, Damascus, Pyrenees, San Diego, The American Pilot, Outlying Islands and The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union.
Jamie Harrison – co-artistic director of Vox Motus and co-creator/director of Dragon
Jamie has co-directed, designed, illusion, costume and puppet designed all of the company’s work to date, and co-written all the work up to 2011. Most recent projects include: The Infamous Brothers Davenport (Royal Lyceum Theatre/Vox Motus), The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo (ATT Fife/Vox Motus), Bright Black (Platform/Vox Motus), Slick (Tron Theatre/Vox Motus) and How to Steal a Diamond (Vox Motus).
Jamie regularly works as an illusion/magic and puppet consultant for theatre productions across the UK. He is currently on the creative team for the West-End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical, directed by Sam Mendes (Warner Brothers/Neal Street Productions). Other recent theatre credits include work for the National Theatre of Scotland, NT Studio, Dundee Rep, Edinburgh International Festival, Bristol Old Vic and the Traverse Theatre. Jamie was a creative consultant for the Exhibition Road Show, London. As well as his work in theatre, Jamie performed magic for 16 years, working in 22 countries across Europe, Asia and in the USA for clients such as Motorola, Sony and Hilton. He has performed close-up magic on television, for royalty and most recently for David Cameron.
Kieran Hurley – currently on a year-long attachment as recipient of the Pearson Playwrights’ Scheme bursary and co-creator of Rantin’
Kieran Hurley is an award-winning writer, performer and theatre-maker based in Glasgow. Originally from Edinburgh, Kieran studied Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. Kieran’s work has been presented internationally and throughout the U.K. through working with companies such as The Arches, Òran Mór, Traverse, BAC, Bush, Theatre Uncut, the National Theatre of Scotland and Forest Fringe. His monologue, Beats, was developed with the Arches Platform 18 Award and was awarded ‘Best New Play’ at the Critics’ Awards For Theatre in Scotland, in 2011-12 before being presented at the Traverse Theatre during Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Other notable works include Hitch (Arches, Forest Fringe), Chalk Farm (co-written with AJ Taudevin, Òran Mór, ThickSkin), and many other collaborative projects.
Fiona J Mackenzie – creator and lead performer of A Little Bird Blown Off Course
Fiona J Mackenzie is a Gaelic singer-songwriter. She was BBC Scotland’s Traditional Music Personality of the Year (2004), winner of the Burnsong International Songwriting Competition (2009) and Royal National Mòd Gold Medallist. A Little Bird Blown Off Course marked the end of Fiona’s year-long attachment to the National Theatre of Scotland as an Associate Artist (Gaelic) in September 2013.
Graham McLaren – director of The Tin Forest South Rotunda events
Graham is a Glasgow based theatre artist who has been making theatre for almost two decades. In that time he has created work ranging from totally improvised and devised work to classical texts. He has made shows in London’s West End, ancient Greek amphitheatres, national theatres and festivals across the world. In 1994, he established the internationally acclaimed Theatre Babel, where he remained artistic director until 2008. In 2005, Graham was invited to join Perth Theatre, Scotland, as artistic and co-creative director; he remained with Perth Theatre until January 2008. The following year he began creating work for the Toronto based theatre company, Necessary Angel, as associate artist.
Graham is currently an associate director of the National Theatre of Scotland for whom his shows include In Time o’ Strife, A Doll’s House, A Christmas Carol and Men Should Weep.
Simon Sharkey – community lead artist and co-leader on The Tin Forest
Simon Sharkey is associate director of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Learn Department. Simon has directed numerous large-scale community outreach projects for the company, including the pioneering Scotland-wide Transform series, Extreme (Aberdeen), 99…100 (Fife) and the parkour-driven Jump (Glasgow and Fife). He has been invited by arts and education organisations from across the world to present and discuss the National Theatre of Scotland’s creative approach to learning and outreach.
Roxana Silbert – director of Dunsinane
Roxana is artistic director of Birmingham REP. Previously she was Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where her work included A Soldier in Every Son, Galileo, Measure for Measure, Richard III, Shakespeare Shorts, Romeo and Juliet, Such Tweet Sorrow (the world’s first twitter play), Little Eagles, Dunsinane and Brixton Stories.
Radio work includes Hysteria, Billiards, Japanese Gothic Tales, The Tall One, The Tape Recorded Highlights of a Humble Bee, The Good Father and Brace Position.
Wils Wilson – co-creator of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
Wils’s recent work includes Gastronauts (Royal Court), an edible performance exploring our complex relationship with food, Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre Wales) a theatre event/gig created with electro-pop duo Neon Neon, and Anon (WNO), a new opera by Errollyn Wallen. Other work for National Theatre of Scotland includes Ignition, Gobbo (Best Production for Children & Young People, Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland) and HOME Shetland (also winner of a CATS Award). Wils was co-founder and co-artistic director of wilson+wilson (1997-2007), creating site-specific art, installation and theatre. Work included HOUSE, Mapping the Edge, News from the Seventh Floor and Mulgrave, which took audiences to locations including a derelict house, a tram, woods, a ballroom and a department store at night.
NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND ASSOCIATES AND OTHER ARTISTS IN 2014
The National Theatre of Scotland has three associate directors – Graham McLaren (In Time of Strife, Christmas Carol and Men Should Weep); Davey Anderson (Enquirer, Peter Pan and Black Watch) and Cora Bissett (Glasgow Girls).
The company is currently hosting Kieran Hurley as the Pearson Playwright in Residence and Iain Finlay MacLeod as Gaelic Associate (in partnership with Pròiseact nan Ealan)
For a second year, the National Theatre of Scotland, in association with the Arches is co-hosting an Auteurs programme, supporting emerging Scottish theatre-makers. This year’s Auteurs are Finn Den Hertog, Greg Sinclair, Lou Prendergast, Michael O’Neill and Rosana Cade. Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Please note the full National Theatre of Scotland 2014 programme will be announced at a press event in Edinburgh on 21st January at 9.30am.
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