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Kay McAllister

Louise McMenemy

in The Panopticon Image Description

Fifteen-year old Anais Hendricks is smart, funny and fierce. She has also been let down by about every adult she has ever met. Sitting in the back of a police car she is taken to the Panopticon, a young offenders institution.

Inside the circular, controlling Panopticon the residents develop intense bonds. All have experienced the failings of the care system, Anais refuses to be defined by it.

Brought for the first time to the stage, The Panopticon is a visceral, bloody and brutal testament to life and friendship.

A new kind of heroine for the 21st century.

★★★★ - 'Intense and brutal tale of a loveless childhood' (The Guardian)

Showing at Platform, Glasgow, on 4th October, and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, from 10th - 19th October.

 

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Robert Jack

in The Alchemist Image Description

Acclaimed Scottish writer Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide to Dying, McGonagall’s Chronicles) has taken on Ben Jonson’s Jacobean farce, re-writing it in rhyming couplets and relocating it from London to Glasgow with brilliant comic effect.

★★★★ - 'A perfectly-pitched, rapid-fire Glaswegian update of Ben Jonson’s 17th century comedy' (The Stage)

Showing at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, from 4th until 19th October.

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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.
★★★★ - 'Rip-roaring, yet faithful take on Jane Austen's match-making classic, seen through the prism of pop songs' (The Stage)
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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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)

★★★★ - 'It’s a special kind of theatrical magic to watch these two stretch their faces, loosen their limbs and jump so deftly from one character to the next' (The Guardian)

★★★★ - '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)

After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Islander is transferring for a limited season to Southwark Playhouse, London, from 2nd until 26th October.

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Christina Gordon

in Rocket Post On Screen Image Description

Rocket Post is a fantastically fun story for families in English and Gaelic, packed with songs, charm and humour. It’s a tale of miscommunication, big ambitions and the joyous discoveries that happen when everything goes wrong.Special screening for the Mòd followed by a family drama workshop.

Filmed specially at performances on Harris, this is a ground-breaking collaboration with National Theatre of Scotland and The Space. Written and directed by Lewis Hetherington.

Showing at the CCA, Glasgow, from 16th until 18th October.

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Apphia Campbell

in Woke & Black is the Color of My Voice

Woke

Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues, two women, 42 years apart become involved in the struggle for civil rights. Both challenge the American justice system, become criminalized through political activism, and ultimately are faced with the same choice: stay and fight, or flee? Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award for it’s premiere season, and was highly commended by the judges of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award. 

Touring the UK until 5th October, including Stratford Arts Trust, London, 4th & 5th October.

Black is The Colour 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

Currently touring across the UK until 24th November to Ledbury, Clungonford, Hampshire, Hull and London - including the Arts Depot on 19th September.

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Laurence Pybus

in Beauty Queen of Leenane Image Description

Leenane, County Galway, 1990. In a remote cottage in the mountains of Connemara, 40 year old Maureen Folan lives with her manipulative and possessive mother, Mag. Hauntingly beautiful and blisteringly funny, this dark comedy thriller is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat. Written by Martin McDonagh and directed by Mark Babych.

Showing at The Heron, Hull Truck Theatre, from 3rd until 26th October, and the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch from 30th October until 16th November.

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Beth Marshall

in Hope & Joy Image Description

When Joy is sacked from her job, she moves in with Hope and her swan-boy son, Magnus. Their lives collide in chaos, Hope is learning to love, Magnus is learning to fly, and Joy is in an unhelpful relationship with a goldfish. Can they survive this shifting world?

A deeply original play exploring love and loss in a changing environment, using bold visuals and strong physical elements to imagine a Scotland in a time much like ours, but not quite. A co-production between Stellar Quines and Pearlfisher, directed by Caitlin Skinner.

Touring Scotland from 25th October until 15th November, including to: Cumbernauld, Inverness, Edinburgh, Mull, Lewis, Wick and Findhorn.

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Mary Gapinski

Louise Haggerty

in Here I Belong Image Description

There’s a celebration in the local hall and you’re invited - there will be cake! Elsie has lived in the same village for sixty years, she’s seen people come and go, the world change and shift around her. Here I Belong tells the story of village life through the eyes of one woman, and the people who come in and out of her life.

A charming, uplifting meditation on rural life, community and growing old. A Mull Theatre production, directed by Allie Winton Butler.

Touring Scotland from 2nd until 18th October, including to: Mull Theatre; Bunessan Hall; Dalbeattie; Peebles; Innellan; Arrochar; Strachur; Skye; Resolis and Benderloch.

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Billy Mack

in Divided Image Description

Part of the ever popular lunchtime theatre programme, A Play, A Pie and a PintBorn in Glasgow in 1927, RD Laing was the most famous psychiatrist of his time. Laing’s work redefined the relationship between patient and doctor. His book ‘The Divided Self’ enhanced his reputation and brought him celebrity status. Laing believed the family to be a potentially destructive force on the individual. He once said ‘We are effectively destroying ourselves with violence masquerading as love.’ ‘Divided’ focuses on a pivotal moment in Laing’s own, often troubled, family life. Written by Ian Pattison and directed by Clare Prenton.

★★★★ - 'Prenton’s direction wisely opts for nuances rather than histrionics... with Mack deftly reviving the role he created in 2013' (The Herald)

Showing at The Oran Mor from 14th until 19th October.

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Ashley Smith

in Slug Image Description

Slug is munching through your prize winning cabbages eating your roses and leaving slimy trails all over the lawn. Slug is taking over your thoughts and tormenting your dreams. Slug needs to be stopped. Slug doesn’t care!

Join them for the battle of the century as gardener vs slimy foe to reclaim the garden. Slug is a comic clowning adventure with no words for all those 7 and up.

Touring across Scotland from 11th October until 9th November.

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John Winchester

in Oi Frog & Friends! Image Description

Full of joyful music, songs, puppets, laughs – and rhymes, rhymes, rhymes – Oi Frog & Friends is an action-packed musical adventure which is sure to prove the perfect introduction to theatre for families with children aged 3+. Adapted from the bestselling books by Kes Gray and Jim Field, and created for the stage by Emma Earle, Zoe Squire, Luke Bateman and Richy Hughes. A Kenny Wax Family Entertainment Production. Directed by Emma Earle.

Touring across the UK from 7th October until 3rd November and then tranferring to the West End, London, from 25th November until 5th January.

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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

Christina Gordon

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