Autumn 2014 Season Launch

Dundee Rep Theatre is delighted to announce another diverse and exciting season of work for autumn 2014. Productions from the award-winning Dundee Rep Ensemble include Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, The Gamblers in collaboration with Greyscale, and we will celebrate Christmas with Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. Following the success of our previous community tours, Dundee Rep Ensemble will tour Tennessee Williams’ Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen to venues across the city for the fifth consecutive year. 

Widely regarded as one of Tennessee Williams’ most powerful and haunting plays The Glass Menagerie (3-20 Sep) will be directed by Jemima Levick. This touching and profound tale of love and loss is a sharp reminder of the importance of accepting reality, the power of memory and the true meaning of escape. The Rep’s celebration of Tennessee Williams continues with an evening of his short plays; Talk to me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen will be performed in community venues across the city (20 Oct – 1 Nov). Dundee Rep Ensemble collaborates with production company Greyscale on The Gamblers by Nikoliai Gogol (22-25 Oct); this new version by Selma Dimitrijević with Mikhail Durnenkov is a fast-paced comedy about a group of card-sharks who try to outwit each other. Following the success of last Christmas, we return to Roald Dahl with the much loved, James and the Giant Peach (27 Nov – 31 Dec); a delightful tale of good, evil and friendship.

This autumn, we also see some of the best visiting drama, dance, music and comedy at Dundee Rep. The Dundee Schools Music Theatre’s Back to Back returns with Cole Porter’s masterpiece Kiss Me Kate (1 & 2 Aug), and On Our Way to Lisbon (16 Sep) is back after two previous sell out shows. One of Britain’s best-loved actors Simon Callow brings us the thought-provoking, thrilling and witty production The Man Jesus (25 Sep), and Coronation Street’s Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann (Upper Hand) will perform in the hilarious romantic adventure April in Paris (30 Sep – 4 Oct) by John Godber. On the 30th anniversary of the 1984 miner’s strike, the National Theatre of Scotland adapts Joe Corrie’s 1926 classic play In Times O’ Strife (7 – 10 Oct); a breathtaking production about the Fife mining community buckling under the strain of a seven month lockout.

Comar presents a Mull Theatre production The Drawer Boy by Michael Healy (28 Oct).
Scottish Playwright David Greig’s Outlying Islands will take place for one night (16 Oct), and the one man show by Mark Farrelly Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope (29 Oct) will follow the show’s premiere at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic Sunset Song (6-8 Nov) charts the struggle of a young single mother trying to adapt to her new world. Back by popular demand we have Mornings on Dundee Law by Mike Gibb (22 – 24 Jan).



Dundee Rep Community Company presents Not Worth a Jot (1&2 Aug); a play with song scratching through the glamour and sheen of the 1920’s to expose what’s lurking underneath. A Guid Blether (30 Oct) is a devised piece of work by Solar Bear Theatre Company and Deaflinks, and is in partnership with Dundee Rep Theatre and Luminate.

Dundee Rep is delighted to mark Shakespeare’s 450th birthday by taking part in Shakespeare Schools Festival (4 Nov). The festival is the UK’s largest youth drama festival, and enables over 1.000 primary and secondary schools to stage Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre.

Theatre for all the family and direct for the west end, Dinosaur Zoo (23&24 Sep) is for children of all ages who dare to get up close and personal with awesome prehistoric creatures as you have never seen them before. Charlie and Lola are back on stage with Charlie & Lola’s Extremely New Play (14&15 Oct)



The Rep’s monthly Jongleurs comedy nights continue at Dundee Rep’s Bonar Hall on 19 Aug, 10 Oct, 7 Nov, 12 Dec and 23 Jan. Performing on the Rep’s main stage is: Daniel Sloss (27 Aug), Elaine C Smith Still Standing…Just! (11 Oct), Fascinating Aida: Charm Offence (17&18 Oct), and Craig Hill – Give Him an Inch (14 Nov).  As a parody to the cult TV classic, Father Ted, we have a unique and interactive comedy dining experience Ted & CoThe Dinner Show (20-22 Nov).  An affectionate and funny homage to the greatest comedy double act, Eric and Little Ern (13 Nov) will be joining us this season. We are delighted to welcome – for the first time at the Rep - three national treasures; Su Pollard and Cannon And Ball who will be performing in Ha Ha Hood and the Prince of Leaves (15 Nov).



Music this autumn comes from the 80’s songstress Mari Wilson (26 Sep); the soulful Elkie Brooks (26 Oct); and the interactive Sing-a-long-a Rocky Horror (31 Oct). Performances will also include; local entertainer Pauline Meikleham’s dramatic and theatrical The Onion Club (8 Nov); Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman Spectacular (12 Nov); and we have Hollywood glitz and glamour from Broadway! A Night at the Movies (27- 31 Jan).

We have four energetic dance shows this autumn, In association with Scottish Opera Company Chordelia presents Dance Derby (29 Oct), a powerful and hugely energetic dance production which opened to critical acclaim during Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013. More dance from Scottish Ballet – Up Close (31 Oct & 1 Nov); The Great Big Dance Show (11 Nov) and kicking off 2015 with a bang Breakin’ Rules (17 Jan) which features some of the best hip hop groups keeping’ it real with urban dance floor action.

 

Tickets are on sale from Dundee Rep box office 01382 223530 or online www.dundeerep.co.uk