Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre have revealed their 2018/2019 season, including a brand new mini-festival of new writing.
The new season, Andrew Panton’s second as Artistic Director, kicks off with one of two revivals of important Scottish plays. Based on Betsy Whyte’s autobiographical novel, The Yellow on the Broom by Anne Downie depicts the stories of the travelling people of the North East of Scotland. The Rep’s new production will open there in August, before touring to the Macrobert in Stirling.
The other revival is Gregory Burke’s modern Scottish classic Gagarin Way in which two co-workers decide to kidnap a member of senior management. It was first performed in Scotland in 2001, before an international tour. This version will be directed by Cora Bissett.
The theatre’s Christmas show will be a new, original adaptation of The Snow Queen, in collaboration with writing partnership Noisemaker, directed by Andrew Panton, and co-commissioned with the Citizens Theatre. Arthur Miller’s All My Sons opens 2019, under the direction of Stellar Quines Artistic Director, Jemima Levick.
In April, the theatre will be hosting a multi-art form festival of new work from emerging and established artists. Rep Stripped will allow local and national artists to test out their ideas in a series of
workshops, readings, scratch performances, music and more. The Rep will also be running their annual
community tour in June.
Meanwhile, Scottish Dance Theatre’s new season kicks off with Looping: Scotland Overdub, a participatory dance performance project engaging with local artists and young people from Dundee, Caithness and the Inner Hebrides. The professional company will work with the young community cast during a week-long residency, followed by a final performance at Dundee Rep in August.
There will also be plenty of touring work, including Dominic Hill’s brutal and intense The Macbeths, and Fringe hit, Woke.
“I feel very fortunate to be in Dundee during this exciting time for our city,” said Panton. “We’ll be focussing on our work being seen by wider audiences with more touring both nationally and through international partnerships. We take Dundee Rep’s role in shaping the future cultural landscape of Dundee very seriously, and we’ll continue to tell our stories all over the world.”
Full listings for the new season are available via the website dundeerep.co.uk