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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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Jennifer Black

in Arctic Oil Image Description

Bound to the land. Bound by blood. Bound by oil.

A mother and daughter battle to save their children. While Ella fights for her son's future, Margret is terrified that Ella’s activism will her get killed. Not all mothers know best. Around them, at the mercy of the brutal North Sea and Mother Nature, their isolated island community is being pushed to the brink in a world which is changing too fast for them to survive.

Arctic Oil gets under the skin of what climate change could make us do to the people we love.

Written by the award-winning 2015 IASH/Traverse Theatre Creative Fellow Clare Duffy and directed by Traverse Associate Director Gareth Nicholls (Ulster AmericanHow to Disappear).

★★★★ The Stage - "This one-act study of generational conflict contains much to admire."

★★★★ The Herald - "The earth moves ever so slightly in Clare Duffy’s new play."

Showing at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, from 6th - 20th October

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Eleanor House

in Rebus: Long Shadows Image Description

Detective Inspector John Rebus is retired but the shadows of his former life still follow him through the streets of Edinburgh. Whisky helped but now he's denying himself that pleasure. But when the daughter of a murder victim appears outside his flat, he's back on the case and off the wagon.

This brand new Rebus story, written exclusively for the stage by author of the original novels, Ian Rankin and playwright Rona Munro, will also embark on a UK tour to Edinburgh, Malvern, Nottingham, Manchester, Northampton, Aberdeen and Guildford following its première in Birmingham.

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

Showing from 20th September - 24th November

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Apphia Campbell

in Woke Image Description

Against stunning gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart join the struggle for American 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?

From the creator of the hit show Black Is the Color of My Voice. Highly Commended – Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award. 'Most powerful voice of this year's Fringe.' ***** (Scotsman). 'Inspiring, fast, exciting and engaging play. Ended with the audience standing and applauding.' ***** (BritishTheatreGuide.info).

Showing at Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, 20th - 21st July and at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, as part of the Fringe Festival, from 20th - 27th August at 6.45pm.

Then touring across the UK with dates including: Dundee Rep Theatre on 5th October; Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, on 17th October; New Wolesley Theatre, Ipswich, on 18th October; Curve Theatre, Slough, on 20th October; Junction Theatre, Goole, on 26th October; and Square Chapel, Halifax, on 27th October.

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Helen Mackay

in A Change of Management Image Description

When they receive a tip-off that one of their employees may be a sex offender who has escaped justice, the managers of a Glasgow warehouse find themselves at odds over what should be done – with catastrophic results. A Change in Management is an edgy comedy exploring governance, ideology and the volatile nature of public discourse in our increasingly polarised society.

Written by David Gerow and directed by Tony Cownie.

Showing at the Oran Mor, Glasgow, from 15th until 20th October as part of the lunchtime theatre programme, A Play, A Pie and A Pint.

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Helen Logan

Kirsty McDuff

Camrie Palmer

in Chicago Image Description

Chicago. The Roaring 20s. The Jazz Age. And for the homicidally inclined, a new career option beckons - celebrity!

The longest-running American musical in Broadway and West End history, Chicago returns to its vaudeville roots in a spectacular PFT production that promises wit, pizazz and red hot jazz...

Showing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of the summer season, from 25th May - 20th October.

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Helen Logan

Alan Steele

in The Last Witch Image Description

A rich, poetic tale full of ambiguity and suspense, The Last Witch reimagines the true story of the alleged Witch of Dornoch. Did Janet Horne actually practise witchcraft? Or was she was a charismatic, free-thinking woman, ahead of her time? 

From the writer of the acclaimed James Plays, Iron and Bold Girls, Rona Munro’s tense, passionate play is brought vividly to life in a dynamic and thrilling production in association with Firebrand Theatre Company.

Showing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of their summer season, from 23rd August - 11th October, with further performances at the Tron, Glasgow, from 30th October - 3rd November, and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, from 7th - 10th November.

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Sarah McCardie

in Let's Inherit the Earth Image Description

World premiere. Global warming, environmental destruction, mass extinction – this is the life! Morna Pearson’s punky new climate change comedy with songs, directed by Ben Harrison, design by Ulla Karlsson, and music by Jonny Hardie.

Award-winning Dogstar (The Sky is Safe, Mungo Park, The Tailor of Inverness) teams up with Sweden's Profilteatern, creating eighty minutes of absurd theatrical mayhem on the greatest existential threat outside The White House. A new Nordic comedy by a true original.

'One of the freshest, most fearless and taboo-busting voices to be heard anywhere right now' (Herald).

Showing at The Pleasance, Edinburgh, from 10th - 26th August at 12.20pm, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with a dress rehearsal show on 28th June at 7pm in Umestan's Profile Theater, Sweden.

Then touring Scotland from 8th October - 3rd November, and Sweden from 8th - 17th November.

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Callum Douglas

Sean Hay

in White Image Description

The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red… then yellow… then blue… White is a playful, highly visual show for very young children and is a perfect first time theatre experience.

Catherine Wheels is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed children’s theatre company.

On tour throughout Europe from 22nd October until 23rd December, including from 13th until 23rd December at HOME in Manchester.

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Carole Anders

in Witches fae Easterhoose Image Description

On a cold, dark, windy winters’ night in Glasgow, six sisters gather to take revenge by witchcraft on Caroline’s two-timing husband. 

Six black candles, one black affronted Maw, two gallons of vodka, one crazy old Irish Granny, a pile of burning boxer shorts, a pentangle and a not forgetting, the frozen head in the fridge. Add in one adulterous husband and an unsuspecting priest and it’s sure to be a hilarious night out.

Playing the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, from 18th until 27th October.

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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