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Elicia Daly

Ann Louise Ross

in The Dark Carnival Image Description

A music and theatre spectacle, The Dark Carnival features sixteen performers and musicians. Through songs, spoken word and Vanishing Point’s unmistakeable imagery, they tell the story of newcomers to the afterlife who discover, much to their surprise, that death is not actually the end. Incredulous at their continuity, they form their own necropolitan community where every night is party night: songs get sung, love gets made and whisky flows.

A co-production with the Citizens' Theatre in association with Dundee Rep Ensemble, created and performed by Vanishing Point and The New International. Conceived, written and directed by Matthew Lenton.

Showing at the Citizens' Theatre and Tramway, Glasgow, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and Dundee Rep Theatre from 19th February until 16th March.

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Helen Katamba

in Macbeth Image Description

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. This epic and visually daring production of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy embarks on a tour of the UK and Ireland following its sold out run at the National Theatre.

Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris (CabaretLondon Road) and designed by Rae Smith (War HorseThis House), this new production propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty.

Touring from 29th September 2018 to March 2019.

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Apphia Campbell

Woke & Black is the Color of My Voice

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
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 is showing in The Hague, Netherlands, from 23rd - 25th January, and Black is the Color of My Voice is running along with Soul Sessions, Apphia’s cabaret show paying tribute to Nina Simone’s phenomenal career, at Trafalgar Studios, London, from 5th February - 2nd March, and at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on 23rd March.

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Eleanor House

in Rebus: Long Shadows

After a successful Autumn tour in 2018, Rebus: Long Shadows returns for a UK Spring tour.

Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels have dominated the detective fiction market with the ensuing television series ensuring the detective’s legendary status. Now, alongside award-winning playwright Rona Munro, Ian Rankin is bringing his beloved creation to the stage for the very first time. Directed by Robin Lefevre.

★★★★ The Guardian - 'Lawson’s Rebus is as gritty, tormented and uncompromising as the original.'

Touring across the UK from 29th January until 16th March 2019, to Glasgow, Cardiff, Cambridge, Newcastle, Bath and extended dates in Kingston.

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Beth Marshall

in The Electrifying Mr Johnston Image Description

A new play about one of Scotland’s great unsung heroes, Tom Johnston, once described by Churchill as the 'King of Scotland', focusing on his struggles to bring “light to the glens.” Through incredible feats of engineering and political manoeuvring, he sought to transform the lives of everyone in the north of Scotland by bringing hydroelectric power to the Highlands & Islands. A story of power - and the struggle for it.

A Mull Theatre production, directed by Alasdair McCrone.

Touring across Scotland, from 8th Feburary - 9th March, including to: Isle of Mull, Arisaig, Bendeloch, Edinburgh, Greenock, Islay, Tarbert, Stirling, Musselburgh, Plockton, Skye, Wick, Giffnock, Dalbeattie, Paisley and Peebles.

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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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Helen Mackay

in Miss Julie Image Description

One stifling Midsummer’s evening, Miss Julie, the Laird’s daughter and John, the Laird’s manservant reach out to each other with catastrophic consequences. Shilpa T-Hyland directs Strindberg’s classic text.

Showing at Perth Theatre from 14th until 23rd February, the Tron Theatre, Glasgow from 25th February until 2nd March, and the Edinburgh Festival Theatre from 4th until 9th March.

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Tim Barrow

Maryam Hamidi

in Nora: A Doll's House Image Description

Ibsen’s brutal portrayal of womanhood caused outrage when it was first performed in 1879. This bold new production by one of Scotland’s most exciting playwrights reframes the drama in three different time periods. The fight for women’s suffrage, the swinging sixties and modern day intertwine in this urgent, poetic play that asks how far have we really come in the past 100 years? 

Produced by the Citizens' Theatre, with performances at the Tramway, Glasgow, from 15th March until 6th April.

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Richard Conlon

in Spuds Image Description

To celebrate the 500th play as part of the A Play, A Pie and A Pint lunchtime theatre, the most loved plays return to the stage, including Spuds, written and directed by Andy McGregor. When David MacGonigle’s wife dies, his perfect middle-class life collapses around him. But a freak occurrence, involving mouldy chips and Iron Brew, leads to his discovery of a new designer drug, Spuds. Soon he has built the ultimate criminal empire, but at what cost? A new musical comedy about grief, greed and grease.

Showing at the Oran Mor, Glasgow, from 25th February until 2nd March.

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Christina Gordon

in Colonel Mustard and the Big Bad Wolf Image Description

Glasgow’s singer/songwriter extraordinaire and flagbearer of the Yellow Movement, Colonel Mustard, finds himself transformed into a wolf living in a nursing home where he meets some of our favourite fairy tale characters – Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and more!

This is a show for all the family with comedy, storytelling and plenty of Colonel Mustard songs.  Apart from the Colonel himself the cast includes a very talented group of actor-musicians and is directed by Tron Theatre’s Andy Arnold.  The show will be a ‘work in progress’ (in other words not quite the finished article!) and devised by the company. 

Showing at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, on 22nd and 23rd February.

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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 19th March until 20th April at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

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Meg Fraser

in Gaslight Image Description

Is Bella Manningham going mad, or is there an explanation for all the strange goings-on around her? A mystery with shades of Film Noir, Kai Fischer directs Patrick Hamilton’s timeless psychological thriller.

Showing at Perth Theatre from 21st March until 6th April.

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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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Caroline Deyga

Ann Louise Ross

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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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 Scotland from 16th May until 22nd June.

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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.

Due to tour again in Spring 2019.

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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