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Maryam Hamidi

Julia Taudevin

Hysteria! Image Description

In April this year, our client Julia Taudevin (Blow Off, Some Other Mother, Chalk Farm) and Dr Iris Elliott, head of policy and research for the Mental Health Foundation, began exploring the impact of sexism on mental health.

Hysteria! is a darkly comic political cabaret for our times, partly inspired by the 2016 US election and the 2017 global women’s marches, and written in dialogue with over 100 people. In association with Traverse Theatre and Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, the production is written by client, Julia Taudevin, and stars our client, Maryam Hamidi.

Showing as part of the popular lunchtime theatre programme offering 'A Play, A Pie and A Pint' at the Oran Mor, Glasgow, from 9th -14th October, and at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, from 17th - 21st October.

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Louise Haggerty

in Electric Eden Image Description

After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Not Too Tame are back inviting you to a celebration of what it means to make your voice heard and be a part of something. Relentlessly upbeat and unpredictable, this is party theatre at its best! Directed by Jimmy Fairhurst, written and produced by our client, Louise Haggerty, alongside Jimmy Fairhurst and Francesca Waite. 

Showcasing at the Shanghai International Festival on 23rd October.

UK Preview at Burtonwood Catholic Club on Friday 13th October.

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Ann Louise Ross

in The Maids Image Description

Two maids, Solange and Claire, unable to escape their dismal, subjugated lives, and torn by both love and loathing of their Mistress, visualise dark and destructive scenarios to eliminate her. As their imaginations take hold and the action builds to a frenzy, so does the fear, excitement and thrill in this devious and violent triangle of love, hatred and disgust.

Directed by Eve Jamieson and featuring original Ensemble members Irene Macdougall, Ann Louise Ross and Emily Winter, The Maids is as powerful now as when it was first performed in 1947. This is an intense psychological thriller that you won’t want to miss!

Showing at Dundee Rep Theatre from 17th October until 4th November.

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Christina Gordon

in Rocket Post Image Description

Based on a true story. July, 1934. The Western Isles. A small crowd stand on a beach and watch in amazement. Eccentric German scientist Gerhard Zucker tells them he wants to bring the world together. The future is about communication. The future is about connection. The future is… ROCKETS!

A fantastically fun new show for everyone aged six and over, Rocket Post is a raucous mix of songs and storytelling. Full of humour, heart and hope for the future, it’s a tale of miscommunication, vaulting ambition and the joyous discoveries that happen when everything goes wrong.

Written and directed by Lewis Hetherington with collaborators Ailie Cohen, MJ McCarthy and Kane Husbands.

Touring across Scotland between 19th September and 21st October, including venues in: Stornaway, Ullapool, Thurso, Forres, Aberdeen, St. Andrews, Giffnock, Stirling, Alloa, Falkirk and Paisley.

A special screened performance has been announced at Tarbert Community Centre, Isle of Harris, on 25th October.

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Tim Settle

in Jason and the Argonauts Image Description

Jason’s uncle isn’t exactly lovable…he’s murdered his brother (the king) and stolen the crown and now no one dares stand up to him. Things are about to get a major shake up though because Jason is BACK! After being banished as a baby, our wannabe hero returns to claim his rightful throne and make some big changes.

A quirky, funny, exciting tale – told as only Visible Fictions know how – for age 9 and beyond! Written by Robert Forrest and directed by Douglas Irvine. 

Touring primary schools from September - November 2017 as part of Theatre in Schools Scotland.

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Ashley Smith

in The Story of the Little Gentleman Image Description

The Little Gentleman thinks he will live a sad and lonely life forever… Until one day he is woken up by a curious dog who just wants to play.

An energetic two-hander with an original score by Danny Krass and design by Karen Tennent, this is a playful celebration of friendship and acceptance.

Touring Scotland between 22nd September - 29th October, including the following venues: The Brunton, Musselburgh; Birnam Arts, Dunkeld; Comar, Tobermory; Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling; Tron Theatre, Glasgow; Byre Theatre, St Andrews; and Eden Court, Inverness.

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James Rottger

Ali Watt

Benny Young

in Monarch of the Glen Image Description

This autumn, join American millionaire Chester Royde, his new bride, Carrie, and his sister, Myrtle, as they travel to the Highlands to explore Carrie's Scottish ancestry – with a little help from Carrie's prized copy of Gaelic Without Tears...

A hilarious romp from the master of Scottish farce, this classic 1930s comedy has been brilliantly adapted for stage by leading Scottish playwright Peter Arnott, whose work includes acclaimed stage adaptations of other Scots novels, including The Silver Darlings and The Cone Gatherers.

Showing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre from 26th October - 12th November. 

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Sean Hay

in White Image Description

Welcome to the world of White. Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birdhouses and make sure the eggs stay safe. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red… then yellow… then blue…

White is a playful, highly visual show for very young children and is a perfect first time theatre experience.

Touring across Europe between 20th October - 17th December.

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Helen Logan

in The Sunshine Ghost Image Description

A new musical from Andy Cannon and Richard Ferguson, directed by Ken Alexander. The Sunshine Ghost tells the wonderfully comic story of the acquisition of Castle MacKinnon by a love-struck billionaire and property tycoon for his fiancé, ‘Astrobeth’ - Hollywood’s favourite astrologer.

Brought brick by brick from a remote rocky outcrop on a small Scottish Island all the way to Naples, Florida, they soon discover that the castle's previous owner has not quite ‘left’ the building… 

Showing at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, from 5th - 7th October, then touring across Scotland until 29th October, with venues including the New Deer Public Hall, Turriff; Macroberts Art Centre, Stirling; Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock; Byre Theatre, St. Andrews; Howden Park Centre; Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock; and Johnstone Town Hall

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Robert Jack

in Rhinoceros Image Description

Part of the Edinburgh International Festival, written by Zinnie Harris and directed by Murat Daltaban, this production sees actors from both Scotland and Turkey collaborating in this insightful political and comical piece of thrilling theatre. 

In a sleepy French provincial town, a rhinoceros rampages across the market square. Another crushes someone’s cat. A woman sounds the alarm: it is the townspeople themselves who are transforming into these raging beasts. As more and more of the citizens embrace their future as rhinos, just one man – the drunkard Bérenger – refuses to transform. But why does he feel so out of step with everyone else? And what will his refusal to conform cost him?

★★★★★ (The Scotsman) - 'blazing with theatrical energy and wit' 

★★★★★ (The Edinburgh Guide) - 'an exposé of human behaviour, conformity and communication'

★★★★ (The Times) - 'fascinating and wildly stylish'

Returning to The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in Spring 2018.

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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.

After a successful run during the Edinburgh Festival, Blow Off returns to the stage this spring.

Dates still to be confirmed.

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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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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