Andrew Panton, new Artistic Director

Andrew Panton - photo by Viktoria Begg
 

Andrew Panton, the new artistic director for Dundee Rep Theatre discusses his plans for the theatre as well as fulfilling a long-held ambition.

 

Andrew Panton grew up in Burntisland, Fife, when he was only 8 years old he first set his eyes on Dundee Rep Theatre.


“I think it’s a great resource for the city and for Scottish theatre,” says Panton, “and I’m determined both that it will be used more fully in Dundee – which is going through such an exciting time at the moment, opening up to the world – and that the ensemble’s great work will be seen more widely across Scotland, and beyond.”

 

Full details of Panton’s season will be announced later this month, but he has revealed that it will open in September with the Scottish premiere of August: Osage County, a fierce black comedy that first emerged from the Steppenwolf Ensemble in Chicago in 2007. Panton feels that the whole story of August: Osage County captures something of what the Rep Ensemble is, and could be. “It’s a great big rowdy family drama with a cast of 13 and a whole range of brilliant characters,” says Panton “and it seems to me really important that it came from a writer who is also an actor. But that’s only the start of a season that also features our Christmas show, with the great Ann Louise Ross as a female Scrooge, as well as more Scottish premieres, and plenty of music theatre. If I had to say what’s at the heart of the programme I’ve put together, I’d say storytelling; great stories with great acting, great movement and design, and great live music. I hope our audiences will love it. And to anyone who hasn’t been to the theatre yet, I’d just like to say: ‘Come along here, to this great place; come along and give it a try.”

Dundee Rep’s 2017-18 season opens in September with August: Osage County. Full programme details will be announced on 27 May.

INTERVIEW BY JOYCE MCMILLAN, THE SCOTSMAN

PUBLISHED TUESDAY 16 MAY 2017