It’s an exciting feeling to be able to write “Welcome to Dundee Rep…”, a theatre that I’ve admired, watched shows in and made work for over the years. I’m proud to be building on the legacy of wonderful previous artistic directors and have been made to feel very welcome in this amazing city in my new role.
So, what can you expect from the next chapter?
My aim is to bring work to Dundee audiences that will excite and inspire. We can change the way we feel about each other and the world we live in by telling stories using words, song, music, movement and dance and that’s what I’m interested in making for you, with you, and about you in our theatre. As always, the Ensemble are at the heart of everything we do and this season they have plenty of stories to tell including the Scottish premiere of modern American classic August: Osage County, two thrillers from very different genres of theatre in The Maids and Deathtrap, as well as Spring Awakening our exciting musical collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland which features the next generation of emerging talent. We’ll also travel up the west coast of Scotland in Stephen Greenhorn’s much loved journey of self-discovery, Passing Places.
Integral to the innovative energy of the Rep is our Creative Learning department and the voices, creativity and stories of the communities they work with from across Dundee and beyond. We look forward to building on local and national partnerships to create exciting opportunities for these stories to be told.
As well as the work we make here in Dundee, this season we are excited to welcome some of the biggest names in Scottish Theatre such as Stellar Quines, Birds of Paradise, Utter and a co-production with Poorboy and Mull Theatre (Comar) along with welcoming back Craig Hill, BalletBoyz and our very own local hero, Gary Robertson with The Berries. We are also very pleased to host the award-winning production Angel, the concluding part in Henry Naylor’s Arabian Trilogy.
For Dundee Rep to play a part in this period of cultural growth in the city is a wonderful opportunity and it’s an honour to be a part of that journey. I look forward to sharing our work with new Dundee audiences whilst also ensuring that audiences further afield get the chance to see our shows – they’re certainly something to shout about!