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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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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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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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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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Callum Cuthbertson

in Number One Fan Image Description

Jan McArthur is raging. Her husband just left her for a silicone-enhanced woman 20 years her junior. She’s lost her job. Her cat just died. And to cap it all, the menopause is on the rampage, leaving her a hot flashing mess. When Jan reads Jack Bonham’s women hating column, he becomes the embodiment of everything that is wrong in her life. Written by Kim Millar and directed By April Chamberlain.

Showing at Oran Mor, Glasgow, from 9th - 14th September, as part of the 'A Play, a Pie & a Pint' Lunchtime Theatre Season.

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Helen Logan

in Bill McLaren: The Voice of Rugby Image Description

Based on an original script by rugby journalist Rob Robertson about the life and work of rugby and Scottish Border's icon, Bill McLaren. Award-winning Firebrand’s entertaining new play explores the man behind the voice and his personal dedication to rugby, as both the sport he loved and as a way to enable young people to achieve their potential in life. 

Directed by Richard Baron.

Playing the Tower Mill, Hawick from 10th until 13th September.

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Apphia Campbell

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

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

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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)

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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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.

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.

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

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Laurie Scott

in Square Go

The unmissable, Fringe First Award-winning show from Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair. Max spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie. But when Max is called for his first Square Go – a fight by the school gates – it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first. A raucous play about playground violence, myths of masculinity and the challenge to step up or run.

Directed by Finn den Hertog.

After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019, the show now tours the UK from 24th September until 13th October, including 12th October at London's ArtsDepot.

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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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Sandy Nelson

Hannah Pauley

in Still Game: The Final Farewell Image Description

As transmission of the final series of the hit television show Still Game looms, Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill have announced they will retire the characters from the live stage also, following a third and final theatre run at Glasgow’s state-of-the-art SSE HYDRO. Ford and Greg will unite the full television show cast, FOR THE VERY LAST TIME, before the curtain finally falls completely on the nation’s best loved comedy show.

Showing at Glasgow's SSE Hydro from 27th September until 13th October.

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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 5th October.

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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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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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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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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