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Caroline Deyga

Ann Louise Ross

Hannah Visocchi

in Peter Gynt Image Description

A radical new co-production with the National Theatre and Edinburgh International Theatre. Peter Gynt has always set his heart on being special, on being a unique individual, on being unlike anyone else. When he steals the bride from a local wedding, he sets off on a lifetime journey which will take him to Florida, to Egypt, to a mountain of trolls, and finally, only when death approaches, back to his home in Scotland. Directed by Jonathan Kent.

★★★★ - 'An intriguing new work that exposes the madness of a modern world where truth is subjective and everything is viewed through the narrow prism of self.' (The Guardian)

★★★★ - '...this entirely watchable production both surprises and illuminates.' (London Theatre)

★★★★ - 'Hare’s very funny script is richly resourceful in finding contemporary parallels.' (Independent)

Showing at The Olivier Theatre, London, from 16th August until 8th October.

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Mary Gapinski

in A Game of Death and Chance Image Description

Be thrilled as you step inside this 500-year-old tenement and encounter characters from the past. Hear tales of burning witches, riots, executions and more in this unique immersive and interactive experience.

When you’ve heard from each character, you’ll have a choice to make. That choice will result in a different outcome for each character!

★★★★ - 'A good introduction to a very sad period of Scottish history in a rather lovely and fitting setting' (British Theatre Guide)

Promenade performance showing at The National Trust for Scotland's Gladstone's Land, Edinburgh, from 16th July until 8th September, including 2nd until 25th August as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Apphia Campbell

Woke & Black is the Color of My Voice

Black is the Color of My Voice

Direct from sell-out performances in Shanghai, New York and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black Is The Color Of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.

*Argus Angel Award – Brighton Fringe 2015

Woke

Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart become involved in the struggle for 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?

*Highly Commended – Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award 2017
*Scotsman Fringe First Award – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

Both shows showing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 12th until 26th August.

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Elicia Daly

in Red Dust Road Image Description

From Nairn to Lagos, Red Dust Road takes you on a journey full of heart, humour and deep emotions. Discover how we are shaped by the folk songs we hear as much as by the cells in our bodies. Based on the soul-searching memoir by Scots Makar Jackie Kay, adapted by Tanika Gupta, and directed by Dawn Walton.

Opening at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2019, and at HOME, Manchester in September 2019. Touring to Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness in Autumn 2019.

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Neil John Gibson

Kirsty McDuff

Ewan Petrie

in A Man's A Man Image Description

A refreshing take on the life story of Scotland’s greatest poet Robert Burns. A captivating, full-length musical play with an original score, created by Martin Franssen and Rod Grant, portrays Burns in all his colourful and contradictory glory. A truly moving 90 minutes which will leave you emotionally wrought, entertained, educated and enchanted; the whole performance oozes brilliance. Directed by Liz Carruthers.

★★★★★ - 'The whole performance oozed brilliance' (Broadway Baby)

Showing at The Stand's New Town Theatre, Edinburgh, from 1st until 25th August as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Ann Louise Ross

in Playing with Books: Women Talking Image Description

For the third year running the Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre present Playing with Books, a co-production with Edinburgh International Book Festival. A theatrical exploration of scenes from three bestselling books with music, followed by a discussion with the creative teams and the novelists. Our client appears in Women Talking by Miriam Toews. ‘Brave,’ ‘scorching,’ ‘a tour de force’: just a few of the words used in the reviews of Toews’s unforgettable story of oppression and resistance in a Bolivian Mennonite community.

Showing at The Spiegeltent, Edinburgh, on 24th August at 6pm.

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Rebecca Elise

Titana Muthui

in Breakfast Plays: The Future is... Image Description

This year’s Breakfast Plays give a glimpse of the now and new from four of the most exciting rising voices in Scottish theatre. Mentored by established playwrights Zinnie Harris, Stephen Greenhorn, Linda McLean and Douglas Maxwell, four emergent women writers (Erin McGee, Eve Nicol, Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir, Diane Stewart) showcase the imminent future of Scottish new writing talent.

Their plays; poetic, punchy, generous and unforgiving will tackle topics exploring where we are and where we might be headed next - politically, socially, culturally. Our clients star in Kit Kat by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir.

Showing on 13th, 17th and 22nd August at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

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Kirsty Findlay

Bethany Tennick

in Islander: A New Musical

Eilidh stares out to sea and dreams of a new life beyond her lonely island. Myth and reality collide when the tide washes a mysterious stranger onto her beach, changing her life forever. Epic storytelling, intimately staged with a contemporary Scottish folk-inspired score. The cast live-record and layer their voices to create an ethereal adventure for the ears and imagination.

Directed by Amy Draper and produced by Helen Milne Productions. 

★★★★★ - 'A flawless gem lasting only an hour, it is a modern folk tale that is hard not to fall in love with.' (britishtheatre.com)

★★★★ - '...so stunning because of the skill and precision with which Tennick and Findlay paint their layers' (The Stage)

★★★★ - 'The performers are versatile, with voices that capture an entire village and can hold the tunes effortlessly.' (Whats On Stage)

★★★★ - 'Their harmonies are sensational and a joy to listen to.' (theweereview.com)

Showing at Summerhall, Edinburgh, from 31st July until 25th August as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Part of the Made in Scotland 2019 showcase.

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Sarah McCardie

in Honey Image Description

Ace Productions present this new play as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Honey, a freelance journalist and single mother of four (and a half) seeks control, agency, confirmation and solvency from her rebellious daughter, disappointed mother, skeptical friends and imperfect men. Honey is a comedic one-woman show from Finland featuring Scottish actress Sarah McCardie embodying eleven triumphantly dysfunctional characters in one hour, precisely.

Showing at Zoo Playground, Edinburgh, from 2nd until 25th August at 4.30pm.

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Samuel Stewart

Bethany Tennick

in Burns: A Lost Legacy Image Description

How much of your future would you sacrifice in order to preserve the past? Sarah Burns is a mother and wife, but in 1865 she gave up her life in Australia to return to Britain. Granddaughter of Robert Burns, Sarah is the forgotten guardian of her family’s legacy; it is due to her that the world remembers Burns with so much devotion. What did Sarah have to sacrifice in order to preserve a memory that was not her own, and was it worth it?

Sister piece to 2018 hit, Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard.

Showing at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, from 31st July until 25th August, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Tim Barrow

in A War of Two Halves Image Description

1914. Edinburgh's Heart of Midlothian Football Club have won nineteen matches and are on the brink of winning the League Championship. In a show of extraordinary camaraderie and courage, thirteen players enlist to serve in McCrae’s Battalion. 2018 Sell-out Fringe show.

★★★★★ - 'There are so many moments in this play that are theatrical genius.' (britishtheatre.com) 

★★★★★ - '...a stunning piece of writing, with a sentimental heart of reverence.' (Corrblimey)

Showing at Tynecastle Park Football Stadium, Edinburgh, from 7th until 26th August, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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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). Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of this revolutionary European artist and father of Scottish folk revival, presented in dynamic, dramatic fusion.

Showing at The Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh, from 2nd until 26th August as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Bethany Tennick

in Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard Image Description

What do the widow and mistress of Scotland's famous bard discuss over tea? After the death of Robert Burns, his wife Jean Armour and mistress Nancy Maclehose finally meet. Female-led theatre company Fearless Players bring an all-female production dedicated to the women behind Scotland's history. Using the well-known music of Robert Burns woven with original compositions, Herstory gives a voice to the women behind the bard. 

Showing at The Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, Edinburgh, from 2nd until 24th August, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Rebecca Wilkie

in A Whirl Round the Gaiety Image Description

It is 1972 and the Gaiety Theatre is about to be sold and faces almost certain demolition. A local group hatch an audacious plan and take matters into their own hands. Join them in their attempt to save the theatre and for this most unique and original performance the Gaiety has ever produced. A play that tells the story of The Gaiety, its trials, the characters and the numerous successes that make it so special. This is an interactive promenade performance of sketches, monologues and songs all inspired by variety theatre.

Showing at Ayr Gaiety Theatre from 30th August until 1st September. 

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Leah Byrne

Bailey Newsome

in Tay Bridge Image Description

On the night of Sunday December 28, 1879, the unthinkable happened. Battered by a ferocious storm, the Tay Bridge collapsed. Tay Bridge tells the poignant and unexpected stories of the suddenly interrupted passengers making the journey that night. Who were they? Where were they going? What were they escaping, and where did they believe they were heading?

Written by Peter Arnott and directed by Dundee Rep Artistic Director Andrew Panton, Tay Bridge is a heartfelt and moving portrait of an era, and of a group of people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

Showing at Dundee Rep Theatre, from 27th August until 21st September.

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Ali Watt

in Pitlochry Festival Theatre's Summer Season Image Description

Our client appears in four of this year's productions as part of Pitlochry Festival Theatre's Summer Season. Kicking off with Summer Holiday, which opens on 24th May, we see Pitlochry bus driver Don whisk his workmates away on a borrowed bus, in search of sunshine and fun in Athens! Next up is Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, an inventive and highly-spirited comedy, before Arthur Miller’s 1953 play, The Crucible, begins in June. Written as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the US government persecuted its citizens for being communists, this parable of politics, religious fervour and fear is a masterpiece which still resonates in the 21st century. Finally, Heritage, starting in July this is a poignant and poetic exploration of love, identity, tribalism and the need to belong.

★★★★ - Summer Holiday - 'It's fast-paced and crowd-pleasing, with a nostalgic appeal' (The Stage)

★★★★ - Blithe Spirit - 'Ali Watt is equally impressive as a young but brilliantly observed Condamine' (The Scotsman)

★★★★ - The Crucible - 'Elizabeth Newman directs a tense, evocative and rarely more relevant revival of Arthur Miller's play' (The Stage)

★★★★ - Heritage - '...razor sharp study of cultural identity' (The Guardian)

Showing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre's from 24th May until 26th September.

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Christina Gordon

in Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of)

After a hugely successful run at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, in 2018, this irreverent, all-female adaptation of Jane Austen's classic tale returns. Drawing on over two-hundred years of romantic pop history this is Blood of the Young’s unique take on a beloved novel. Men, money and microphones will be fought over! Directed by Paul Brotherston, Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Tron Theatre and Blood of the Young.
Touring the UK from 7th September until 28th March 2020, including the following theatres: Bristol Old Vic; Northern Stage, Newcastle; Birmingham Rep Theatre; Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh; Leeds Playhouse; Oxford Playhouse; and Nuffield Southampton Theatre.

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Peter Collins

in The Lost Lending Library Image Description

The Lost Lending Library aims to raise standards in literacy, speaking and listening through engagement with an unforgettable narrative that unfolds within the school. A freelance librarian visits pupils at a primary school, where they discuss their favourite books and stories. A shared love of the book How To Live Forever by Colin Thompson and the discovery of a strange locked book leads to the mysterious arrival of the Lost Lending Library.

Touring Scottish primary schools from 2nd September until 11th November.

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Jennifer Black

Richard Conlon

Elicia Daly

Robert Jack

Gerry Mulgrew

Ann Louise Ross

Laurie Scott

in Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2019

We're delighted to announce that so many productions with clients were nominated recently for the 2019 CATS: 

Ulster American (Robert Jack); My Left Right Foot (Richard Conlon); Lost at Sea (Jennifer Black & Gerry Mulgrew); The Dark Carnival (Elicia Daly, Ann Louise Ross, Laurie Scott)
Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort of) (Christina Gordon).

Winners were announced at the Tramway on Sunday 9th June with Ulster American scooping Best Production and Best New Play, along with Lost at Sea taking Best Ensemble and Best Director (Ian Brown). My Left Right Foot was awarded Best Music and Sound. Congratulations to all those involved! 

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Robert Jack

Richard Conlon

in 2018 Festival Awards Image Description

Delighted to announce that Ulster American, with client Robert Jack, has scooped up the prestigious Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award after its run at the Edinburgh Festival 2018, as well as taking a Fringe First Award during week one of the festival.

My Left Right Foot, with client Richard Conlon, also took home a Fringe First Award in week two of the festival, and a Herald Angel Award.

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Peter Collins

Richard Conlon

Caroline Deyga

Maryam Hamidi

Robert Jack

Billy Mack

Helen Mackay

Beth Marshall

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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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

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