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Apphia Campbell

in Woke Image Description

Fringe First winner returns for one week only. Against stunning gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart join the struggle for American civil rights: notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur and a present-day student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin. Both have the same choice: fight or flee?

From the creator of the hit show Black Is the Color of My Voice. Highly Commended – Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award. 'Most powerful voice of this year's Fringe.' ***** (Scotsman). 'Inspiring, fast, exciting and engaging play. Ended with the audience standing and applauding.' ***** (BritishTheatreGuide.info).

Showing at Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, 20th - 21st July and at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, as part of the Fringe Festival, from 20th - 27th August at 6.45pm. Then touring to Rose Theatre Kingston on 22nd October and Junction Theatre, Goole, on 26th October.

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Robert Jack

in Ulster American Image Description

Jay is the Oscar-winning actor taking the lead in a play that connects with his Irish roots. Leigh is the ambitious director who will do anything to get noticed. And Ruth is the Northern Irish playwright whose voice must be heard. The stage is set for great success but when the three meet, a line is crossed, and the heated discussion quickly escalates to a violent climax. Exploring consent, abuses of power and the confusions of cultural identity, Ulster American by David Ireland (Cyprus Avenue) is confrontational, brutally funny and not for the faint of heart.

Showing as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, from 28th July until 26th August

**Fringe First Winner 2018**

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Benny Young

in Midsummer Image Description

It’s midsummer weekend in Edinburgh. It’s raining. Two thirtysomethings are sitting in a New Town bar waiting for something to turn up.

David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s exquisite miniature Midsummer is expanded and enlarged with a live band bringing to life its heart warming songs and irresistible humour, in residence at The Hub throughout the International Festival. First staged in 2008 before touring internationally to phenomenal acclaim, Midsummer is a streetwise romcom that turns a midlife crisis into a dance of freedom, and proves that it’s never too late for any of us to change.

Showing at The Hub, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, from 30th July - 26th August.

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Samara MacLaren

in Ailsa Benson is Missing Image Description

Nina is 14. All she wants to do is to fall in love with a cardigan-wearing tree frog expert, decide on her perfect theme song and avoid her dad's trigonometry lessons. But when her friend Ailsa goes missing and the police turn up at school, everything is turned upside down and inside out... Reuniting the director and one of the stars of hit show The Fair Intellectual Club (**** Scotsman, Herald, Stage, Telegraph) for a compelling, haunting story about friendship, family and secrets. Directed by Marilyn Imrie and starring Samara MacLaren. 2018 Assembly (ART) Award shortlist.

As part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, playing at The Assembly from 2nd - 25th August at 2.20pm. 

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Richard Conlon

in My Left Right Foot Image Description

In the world of amateur theatre, winning the one-act festival isn’t a matter of life and death – it’s much more important. Enthusiastic Amy thinks she can save the day but is grumpy Chris up for the challenge? Gillian has been given the role of Movement Director but she’s only got Grade Three Modern and Tap, and Grant – well Grant’s just too busy fancying himself. Throw in a few love triangles and throw out political correctness, all the drama happens behind the curtains.

Directed by Robert Softley Gale and original music by award-winning partnership Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie, with additional songs by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer – The Opera). Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland present this hilarious new musical, celebrating BOP’s 25th anniversary.

Showing at the Assembly Roxy Theatre, Edinburgh, at 6.10pm from 1st - 26th August as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

**Fringe First Winner 2018**

**Herald Angel Winner 2018**

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Christina Gordon

Buchan Lennon

Billy Mack

Kay McAllister

in Theatre Readings

The following clients are appearing in live theatre readings across the Edinburgh festivals:

Christina Gordon in The One Hundred Nights of Hero with the Royal Lyceum for the International Book Festival on 11th August, and in Fat Boy Swim with Visible Fictions for the International Book Festival on 23rd & 24th August

Buchan Lennon in Doctors of Philosophy with the Royal Lyceum for the International Book Festival on 19th August at the Spiegeltent in Charlotte Square

Billy Mack in Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis for the Edinburgh International Festival on 7th August at The Studio

Kay McAllister in Breakfast Plays: Fucking Millenials and Squall on 15th, 18th, 22nd & 25th August at the Traverse Theatre

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Sarah McCardie

in Let's Inherit the Earth Image Description

World premiere. Global warming, environmental destruction, mass extinction – this is the life! Morna Pearson’s punky new climate change comedy with songs, directed by Ben Harrison, design by Ulla Karlsson, and music by Jonny Hardie.

Award-winning Dogstar (The Sky is Safe, Mungo Park, The Tailor of Inverness) teams up with Sweden's Profilteatern, creating eighty minutes of absurd theatrical mayhem on the greatest existential threat outside The White House. A new Nordic comedy by a true original.

'One of the freshest, most fearless and taboo-busting voices to be heard anywhere right now' (Herald).

Showing at The Pleasance, Edinburgh, from 10th - 26th August at 12.20pm, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with a dress rehearsal show on 28th June at 7pm in Umestan's Profile Theater, Sweden. Then touring Scotland from 8th October - 3rd November, and Sweden from 8th - 17th November.

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Isabella Jarrett

in Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road Image Description

Evocative, innovative, shape-shifting drama, sculpted from the poetry, music and songs of Hamish Henderson (1919-2002). A vital, new perspective on this revolutionary European intellect and father of Scottish folk revival presented in dynamic, dramatic fusion. Exhilarating ensemble theatre enacting and embracing Henderson’s vision of a people’s culture: a new democratic art for here and now.

‘One of the most thrilling evenings in the theatre I’ve had for years... don’t miss it, it’s brilliant. If I could give it six stars, I would!’ (TheWeeReview.com)

Showing at The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, as part of the Fringe Festival from the 12th - 27th August.

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Ashley Smith

Ali Watt

in All The Lights Are On Image Description

A fearless play about the limits of hope and the consolations of reality, from Finland’s youngest and most irrepressibly talented new playwright.  Kaisa Lundán’s first play, Järkeni ei riitä (Can’t Make Sense), written with Leena Kuusist-o, received rave reviews in Finland and the Jury’s Choice prize at the Tudengite Teatripäevad festival in Estonia.

Showing at Summerhall, Edinburgh, in the Anatomy Theatre at 11.40am from 1st - 26th August, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Sandy Nelson

in Handfast Image Description

Double Fringe First winners Nutshell return with this world premiere in a co-production with The Byre Theatre. The boiler’s broken, the owl with the rings is missing, the celebrant’s late and the band haven’t turned up. Can Mona and Geoff still tie the knot and live happily ever after? This is a wedding you won’t forget. An unmissable evening of ink-black comedy and brilliant performances.

Showing at Byre Studio, St Andrews, from 28th - 30th June, and Summerhall, Edinburgh, from 3rd - 26th August, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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George Docherty

After the Cuts Image Description

It’s the future; just like now, but a bit more… well, shitey. Jim and Agnes worked hard their whole lives. Now Agnes needs a life-saving operation. The NHS as we know it is a thing of the past and they must take matters into their own hands.

Showing at The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, on 31st July and then playing as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Summerhall, Edinburgh, from 1st - 26th August.

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Gowan Calder

A Good Enough Girl? Image Description

An entertaining and powerful production celebrating amazing women across the world – whether famous, infamous or just minding their own business! A Good Enough Girl? is a captivating and intelligent story of how these women touch our lives everyday – how the strength and perseverance of our mothers, sisters, grandmothers and aunts shape and mould us all. Written by Xana Marwick (BBC New Talent 2017, BBC Writersroom) and directed by Fringe First winner Kate Nelson, A Good Enough Girl? is a co-production with Greenwich Theatre, Scene Change Productions and Nutshell Theatre.

Showing at Assembly George Square Theatre - The Bubble, Edinburgh, from 2nd - 27th August at 11.50am, as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

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Tim Barrow

in A War of Two Halves Image Description

A War Of Two Halves tells the dramatic and moving story of the gifted Hearts team of 1914, whose Scottish title ambitions were interrupted by the outbreak of World War 1. 

Accused of being cowards by playing football, and inspired by Colonel Geordie McCrae, the team joined up en masse alongside fans and players of rival teams to form the first of the Pals Battalions. Many were killed in the trenches of Flanders.

Marking the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, and inspired by true events, this is an immersive, promenade production through Tynecastle Park, following the real-life players who became soldiers.

Showing at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, from 2nd - 19th August. **Extended now until 27th August due to demand.**

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Callum Cuthbertson

in The Pieman Cometh: a Cautionary Football Tale Image Description

Alan Ledger didn’t want the limelight and he didn’t want the praise. Unfortunately, he often got one, but hardly ever got the other. Join Alan on his journey through the murky, monetary mayhem lurking behind the scenes of Scottish football, as he asks: ‘Who is football for? Why do fans insist on pies? What kind of oddbod would put money into a football club?’

All these questions and more are mostly ignored in this hilarious comedy written by Bryan Jackson & David Belcher, and directed by Frank Miller, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Showing at the Rose Theatre, Edinburgh, with Insolvent Productions and The Gilded Balloon, from 1st - 26th August at 2.30pm, as part of the Fringe Festival.

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Daniel Cullen

in A Work in Progress Image Description

A Work in Progress is just that, a work in progress. Jaded and disappointed with their lack of success within acting, friends John and Jane decide that the only way they can become rich and famous is to physically barricade themselves in their flat and write an award-winning script. Simple! They just need an idea first... Hilarious, crazy, youthful comedy about dealing with the hurdles of the acting world and being in your mid-20s! If you are still trying to get your life together, you need to come see this play! Directed and starring our client, Daniel Cullen.

Showing at the Gilded Balloon, Rose Theatre, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe from 2nd - 26th at 1.15pm.

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Beth Marshall

Ann Louise Ross

in The Yellow on the Broom Image Description

Adapted from Betsy Whyte’s beloved autobiography, The Yellow on the Broom is a heartfelt, funny, and rich account of human endeavour. Filled with music, song, and an array of vibrant characters, Bessie’s story both passionately tells of her life and vividly portrays the prejudice faced by Travellers.

Showing from 28th August - 22nd September at Dundee Rep Theatre, then touring to the Macroberts Arts Centre, Stirling, from 26th - 29th September.

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Gerry Mulgrew

in Losing the Rag Image Description

The Avondale Advertiser is a local paper on the brink – sales are falling, complaints are rising and management are beset by Brexit levels of confusion. The bewildered staff have one final chance to save the paper and their jobs – find a new future online. But each farcical attempt to escape the axe brings the Advertiser closer to gurgling down the digital plughole forever…

Showing at the Oran Mor, Glasgow, from 27th August - 1st September as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint's lunchtime theatre programme.

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Blair Kincaid

James Rottger

in Celtic - The Musical Image Description

Back by popular demand! Featuring the songs that have rung round Celtic Park over the years (performed by a live band), the show tells the amazing story of this legendary club.

Re-scheduled to run at The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, from 5th - 29th September.

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Helen Logan

Kirsty McDuff

Camrie Palmer

in Chicago Image Description

Chicago. The Roaring 20s. The Jazz Age. And for the homicidally inclined, a new career option beckons - celebrity!

The longest-running American musical in Broadway and West End history, Chicago returns to its vaudeville roots in a spectacular PFT production that promises wit, pizazz and red hot jazz...

Showing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of the summer season, from 25th May - 20th October.

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Helen Logan

Camrie Palmer

Alan Steele

in Travesties Image Description

An outrageously surreal, clever and chaotic comedy masterpiece. In his slightly shabby Zurich apartment, a minor British diplomat, Henry Carr, looks back in old age to his youth, and the summer of 1917, when the city of clocks was awash with spies, artists and subversives, and the First World War raged all around... 

Showing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of the summer season, from 14th June - 10th October.

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Helen Logan

Kirsty McDuff

Camrie Palmer

Alan Steele

in Quality Street Image Description

1805: sisters Phoebe and Susan Throssel live in a little house on Quality Street, the main thoroughfare of a provincial English village, where an amorous sergeant is drumming up recruits for the Napoleonic Wars. 

If you enjoy the world of Jane Austen or revelled in previous PFT productions of Barrie’s plays, you’ll love this romantic exploration of passing youth, second chances, and the transformative power of love. Directed by Liz Carruthers.

Showing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of the summer season, from 7th June - 12th October.

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Alan Steele

in The Rise & Fall of Little Voice Image Description

The Olivier Award-wining Rise And Fall Of Little Voice is part showbusiness fairytale, part Northern clubland comedy. Life affirming and bittersweet, Jim Cartwright’s tale of mothers, daughters and the need to be loved combines hilarity and poignancy with classic knock-out songs. Written by Jim Cartwright and directed by Gemma Fairlie.

Showing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of the summer season, from 31st May - 13th August.

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Kirsty McDuff

in Before the Party Image Description

The Second World War is over and it’s time for the Skinner family to try to reclaim the pre-eminent social position they occupied before the “unpleasantness” began. And armed with invitations to a top notch garden party, on a sunny summer’s day in 1949, things are looking up... as long as sufficient petrol can be found to ensure the Skinners arrive in style... 

Showing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of the summer season, from 19th July - 11th October.

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Helen Logan

Alan Steele

in The Last Witch Image Description

A rich, poetic tale full of ambiguity and suspense, The Last Witch reimagines the true story of the alleged Witch of Dornoch. Did Janet Horne actually practise witchcraft? Or was she was a charismatic, free-thinking woman, ahead of her time? 

From the writer of the acclaimed James Plays, Iron and Bold Girls, Rona Munro’s tense, passionate play is brought vividly to life in a dynamic and thrilling production in association with Firebrand Theatre Company.

Showing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of their summer season, from 23rd August - 11th October, with further performances at the Tron, Glasgow, from 30th October - 3rd November, and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, from 7th - 10th November.

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Peter Collins

Richard Conlon

Caroline Deyga

Maryam Hamidi

Robert Jack

Billy Mack

Helen Mackay

Ann Louise Ross

James Rottger

Ali Watt

Benny Young

in Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2018

This year's awards took place at Perth Theatre on Sunday 10th June. We are delighted to announce that client, Robert Jack, won the award for Best Male Performance for his role as Berenger in the hit production Rhinoceros at the Royal Lyceum Theatre

Rhinoceros had huge success with nominations in several categories, taking away awards for Best Production, Best Music & Sound, and Best Director - Murat Daltaban.

The Belle's Strategem took the award for Best Ensemble, with clients Richard Conlon and Helen MackayAugust: Osage County, with clients Beth Marshall and Ann Louise Ross, and Rhinoceros, with client Robert Jackwere also nominated.

Monarch of the Glen, with clients James Rottger, Ali Watt, and Benny Young, won the award for Best New Play, whilst Flight, with clients Maryam Hamidi and Robert Jack, managed to secure nominations in Best Design, Best Technical Presentation, and Best Production, taking away the award for Best Design.

The Citz' Christmas production, Cinderella, was nominated for both Best Production for Children and Young People and Best Technical Presentation, with clients Peter Collins and Caroline Deyga. 

For details of all this year's winners follow the link below.

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Julia Taudevin

in Blow Off

Fierce and playful feminist work exploring the psychology of extremism, Julia Taudevin teams up with three musicians in an explosive piece of gig theatre about a woman who decides to blow the patriarchy sky-high.

"a dynamite hour of sexual politics", 4* The Guardian.

Further dates to be announced.

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Caroline Deyga

Kirsty Findlay

Olivier Awards 2017 Image Description

Delighted to announce that Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, with clients Caroline Deyga & Kirsty Findlay, has won Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards 2017!

A co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre, that has toured both the UK and internationally, including a sold-out run at the National.

The production will transfer to the West End this May (see further below for details).

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Rebecca Elise

Leon Sinden Awards Image Description

The winners of the 23rd annual Leon Sinden Awards were announced on Saturday 14th October at Pitlochry Festival Theatre and we're delighted to announce that client, Rebecca Elise, has won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Liz Imbrie in High Society.

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Robert Jack

Billy Mack

Gerry Mulgrew

Ann Louise Ross

in Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2017

We are delighted to announce that Billy Mack has won Best Male Performance for his role as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. Clients, Robert Jack (Much Ado About Nothing) and Gerry Mulgrew (Krapp's Last Tape), were also nominated.

Death of a Salesman, starring clients, Billy Mack and Ann Louise Ross, also won Best Ensemble and Best Production.

Click on the link below to see all this year's winners.

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Caroline Deyga

Kirsty Findlay

in The Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Delighted to announce that after a fantastic run of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour with our clients, Caroline Deyga & Kirsty Findlay, the production has been nominated for The Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical 2016. 

Now in its 63rd year, The Evening Standard Theatre Awards celebrates the outstanding achievement and performance in London's theatreland. 

Further details of the other nominees can be found following the link below.

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Benny Young

Ann Louise Ross

Caroline Deyga

Helen Mackay

Gerry Mulgrew

Camrie Palmer

Ashley Smith

Billy Mack

in Critics' Awards For Theatre in Scotland 2016

Delighted to announce that Waiting For Godot with client Benny Young has won Best Ensemble & Best Production at this year's Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

Other winners & nominees included - 

Great Expectations with Ann Louise Ross (Nominated for Best Ensemble)

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour with Caroline Deyga (Winner of Best Music & Sound, nominated for Best Ensemble & Best Production)

Lanark: A Life in Three Acts with Helen Mackay, Gerry Mulgrew & Camrie Palmer (Winner of Best Design & Best Technical Production, nominated for Best Production)

Lost at Sea with Ashley Smith (Nominated for Best Production for Children and Young People)

Little Red and the Wolf with Billy Mack and Ann Louise Ross (Nominated for Best Production for Children and Young People)

Please click the link below for further details.

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Benny Young

in Sunday Herald Cultural Awards

We're delighted that client Benny Young was nominated in the inaugural Sunday Herald Cultural Awards in the category for Best Actor (Theatre). The other nominees included Maureen Beattie and Paul Higgins, with Alan Cumming taking home the award.

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Deborah Arnott

Buchan Lennon

Meg Fraser

in Critics' Awards For Theatre in Scotland 2015

Delighted to announce that The Royal Lyceum's production of Caucasian Chalk Circle with our clients Deborah Arnott & Buchan Lennon won four awards including Best Ensemble, Best Production & Best Director!

Our client Meg Fraser was also nominated in the Best Female Performance category.

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Benny Young wins The Stage Award for Acting Excellence

Benny has won The Stage Award for Acting Excellence for his role of Tom in Owen McCafferty's Unfaithful.  Directed by Rachel O'Riordan at the Traverse Theatre, part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014.

"Benny Young holds the drama’s pulse with a supremely understated performance"
5* - Nick Awde, The Stage