As Dundee Rep Theatre’s new Fife-raised artistic director, Andrew Panton, officially takes up his post, he tells Michael Alexander of his ambition to further the work of the theatre’s award-winning Ensemble across the UK and worldwide.
“Welcome tae 1978. There were nae mobile phones in they days. So if yer posh enough tae hae one, can ye please switch it aff!”
It’s almost two years since Dundee street poet and playwright Gary Robertson brought his humorous tales about bin men to the stage.
Admit it. At times, 2016 has felt like a bit of a pantomime.
A former artistic director of Glasgow’s former club and arts venue The Arches is to take over at the helm of The National Theatre of Scotland.
It’s not every day you walk out of a theatre hearing people say things like ‘best show I’ve seen in a long time’ or ‘cracking ’!
From Black Watch to Glasgow Girls, in its first 10 years the National Theatre of Scotland has produced an eclectic and exciting range of theatre reaching out to audiences across Scotland and beyond. Michael Alexander investigates its success.
Political infighting. Loyalty. Spying. Scheming and betrayal. In this era of Johnson, Corbyn, Putin and Trump, these phrases are as relevant to the world of politics today as they’ve ever been.
Michael Alexander examines the legacy of the critically acclaimed Black Watch play as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. A young man wearing a brown leather jacket steps timidly onto the stage, his eyes caught like rabbits in a headlight as he peers out at the audience seated before him.
He was once described by his daughter as the “last of the great European troubadours and first singer-songwriter punk rocker”.