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Robert Jack

in Ulster American Image Description

This festival smash-hit will be returning for an International tour in 2019. Exploring abuses of power, the confusion of cultural identity and the silencing of the female voice, Ulster American is confrontational and brutally funny – not for the faint of heart, and not to be missed.

Written by David Ireland, whose recent play Cyprus Avenue won the James Tait Black Award 2017 and Best Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017, and directed by Traverse Associate Director Gareth Nicholls (How to Disappear, Letters to Morrissey, Trainspotting).

Showing at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, from 20th February - 2nd March; Adelaide Festival from 13th - 17th March; Auckland Festival from 20th - 24th March; Abbey Theatre, Dublin, from 9th - 20th April; Lyric Theatre, Belfast, from 24th - 28th April.

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Scott Ainslie

Caroline Deyga

Helen Logan

in Local Hero Image Description

A wry comedy about a man who sets out to buy a beach, but ends up losing his heart to a village, Bill Forsyth’s magical Local Hero takes to the stage with new music and songs by the legendary Mark Knopfler.

Treasured by a generation in Scotland and loved far and wide, Local Hero is one of the defining moments of Scottish storytelling. Now the original creators of the international hit film and bestselling soundtrack Bill Forsyth and Mark Knopfler have teamed up with The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig to create this brand new musical stage production with a multi-award winning creative team.

Showing from 14th March until 4th May at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

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Kirsty Findlay

Beth Marshall

Alan Steele

in Unspotted Snow Image Description

A Mull Theatre production, written by Peter Arnott and directed by Alasdair McCrone. A light-hearted theatrical romp featuring starvation, scurvy, cannibalism… and some jolly tunes.

Based on the ill-fated 1845 Sir John Franklin expedition to discover the North-West passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific and it’s extraordinary 170-year legacy. Set partly on the barren ice floes of the Arctic and partly in the stultifying drawing room of Lady Jane Franklin, Unspotted Snow is a “ripping yarn” - a bold and adventurous tale of tragedy, mishap, folly, arrogance, madness and betrayal, Victorian heroism ... and ruthless news management.

Touring across Scotland from 13th April until 11th May.

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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

Black is the Color of My Voice is touring with the Arts Live Rural Touring initiative from 4th - 7th April.

Woke is showing at The Courtyard Studio, Hereford on 8th April; Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 15th - 16th May. 

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Jennifer Black

Gerry Mulgrew

in Lost At Sea Image Description

Lost at Sea journeys through a labyrinth of myth and memory in an epic tale spanning forty years of the fishing industry. Featuring the voices of fishermen and their families in their own words - with music, songs and Scots language - it is the lyrical and powerfully evocative story of a North-East fishing family. 

Inspired by the loss of playwright Morna Young's fisherman father, Lost at Sea is a personal tribute to the fishing communities of Scotland. Directed by Ian Brown.

Playing Perth Theatre from 25th April until 4th May, and then touring until 24th May.

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Stephen Bangs

Christina Gordon

Billy Mack

in The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil Image Description

This legendary piece of Scottish theatre tells the story of the exploitation of Scottish lands, waters and people over the centuries. From the highland clearances to the oil boom, this is the universal tale of how the greed of a few blights the lives of many. Add a generous dose of Scottish rebellion and irreverence. Throw in some live music and a riotous ceilidh – you’ve got yourself a rollicking great night out.

Following 2015’s hugely successful restaging, this new version of The Cheviot takes the story back to its roots, visiting intimate art centres and community spaces, echoing the play’s original 1970s tour by 7:84.

Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in association with Dundee Rep Theatre and Live Theatre, Newcastle. Based on the original production by Dundee Rep Theatre.

Touring across the UK from 16th May until 22nd June.

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Peter Collins

in Pondlife Image Description

Pondlife is the story of Martin, who goes through the sometimes painful experience of moving schools. In attempting to re-establish himself, he becomes the victim of the class bully. An unexpected friendship with Simon McGurk helps Martin overcome the loneliness and isolation he is experiencing – until one day when things change.

Pondlife is produced by Catherine Wheels, the celebrated Edinburgh-based theatrical company that was formed in 1999 by artistic director Gill Robertson.

Showing as part of the Arts Across Learning Festival, Melbourne, from 2nd until 4th May.

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Nicole Cooper

Neil John Gibson

John Winchester

in The Scarlet Pimpernel Image Description

The 18th-Century swashbuckling dandy, inspiration for Batman, Superman, Spiderman archetype, is set to make a rumbustious return to the stage in 2019. An epic production directed by Bard in the Botanics director, Jennifer Dick.

Showing at: Adelaide Venue, Glasgow, on 3rd May; Broompark Centre, Falkirk, on 4th May; and Roxy Upstairs, Edinburgh, on 5th May.

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Richard Conlon

in My Left Right Foot Image Description

National Theatre of Scotland and Birds of Paradise present this hilarious new musical on tour after sell out success at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.

The local am-dram society is under pressure to comply with the equalities agenda. They come up with a cunning plan to create a gripping show starring ‘the disabled’. What could be better than the Oscar-winning ‘My Left Foot’? The only snag is they don’t have any disabled actors – but that never stopped Daniel Day-Lewis!

In the world of amateur theatre, winning the one-act festival isn’t a matter of life and death – it’s much more important. Throw in a love triangle and throw out political correctness, all the drama happens behind the curtains. Written and Directed by Robert Softley Gale.

Showing at: Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline, from 25th until 26th April; Shizuoka Arts Theatre, Japan, from 2nd until 3rd May; Brighton Festival from 14th until 18th May; and Dundee Rep Theatre from 21st until 25th May.

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Robert Jack

in The Dark Carnival: Unplugged Image Description

An informal, rousing music and theatre show: With songs, spoken word and a free (though not compulsory!) glass of whisky for everyone, it tells the story of newcomers to the afterlife who are surprised to discover that death is not actually the end. Incredulous at their continuity, they form their own necropolitan community where every night is party night. Come in, have a drink and join us for an intimate, celebratory and heart-warming night of storytelling and song. Conceived, written and directed by Matthew Lenton. Sponsored by The Famous Grouse.

Touring Scotland from 13th until 31st May, including the following venues: Isle of Eigg, Dumfries, Paisley, Dunoon, Banchory, St Andrews, Inverness, Birnam and Aberdeen.

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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.

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

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Samuel Stewart

in Pippin Image Description

Pippin is an extraordinary young man. And he is extraordinarily lost. On a quest to make his life mean something, he tries war, sex, domesticity and following in his kingly father’s empirical footsteps. Directed by Emily Reutlinger.

Showing at The National Piping Centre, Glasgow, from 21st - 24th May.

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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.

Showing at The Olivier Theatre, London, and Edinburgh International Festival from 27th June until 8th October.

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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