DUNDEE REP AND SCOTTISH DANCE THEATRE ANNOUNCE 18/19 SEASON

DUNDEE REP AND SCOTTISH DANCE THEATRE ANNOUNCE 18/19 SEASON

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre are delighted to reveal our 18/19 Season, announcing an ambitious range of Rep-produced work, a brand new mini festival of new writing, exciting collaborations, educational offerings, with a strong focus on more touring productions and international partnerships.

On Saturday 2nd June, Dundee Rep will be transformed to create a promenade theatre experience as the Rep, and Scottish Dance Theatre celebrate the beginning of Season 18/19. This full-day event officially launches the new season, giving guests an exclusive tour around the building while showcasing extracts from next season’s programme of shows. Artistic Director, Andrew Panton will then take to the stage to speak about the exciting season ahead before it is released anywhere else.

Building on the success of Panton’s first season at the Rep, Dundee Rep Ensemble will revive two important Scottish plays celebrating the brilliance of this country’s arts and artists. The first will kick off the second season, a new production of Anne Downie’s heartfelt, funny and much loved, The Yellow on the Broom. Based on Betsy Whyte’s autobiographical novel, the play depicts the stories of the travelling people of the North East of Scotland. The production will open at the Rep in August before touring to the Macrobert Arts Centre in September.

The second is an exciting new revival of Gregory Burke’s renowned modern Scottish classic Gagarin Way, directed by award winning actor and director, Cora Bissett (Room, Glasgow Girls, Adam). Set in Fife as two co-workers decide to kidnap a member of senior management, this unmissable play offers a stark insight into the harshest realities of Scottish society mixed with fiery black humour. First performed in Scotland in 2001 then internationally toured, Gagarin Way was a breakthrough play for the renowned playwright of Black Watch.

In September we are delighted to present a new musical, Hi, My Name is Ben in collaboration with Scottish Ensemble and the award-winning writing partnership, Noisemaker. This incredible true story is based on Bernhardt Wichmann III, an extraordinary elderly gentlemen who lived in New York City. Ben's story is one of endurance, friendship, community and above all, happiness. Currently in development with Goodspeed Musicals, Connecticut, for one day only this September, audiences are invited to this special concert performance to share in this early stage in the show’s development before it moves to Goodspeed in Spring 2019.

Christmas arrives with a brand new original adaptation of The Snow Queen for our 2018 Christmas production, directed by Andrew Panton, produced in association with Noisemaker and co-commissioned with the Citizens Theatre. Written by Noisemaker’s Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie, The Snow Queen is a thrilling reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic, with spellbinding storytelling and original score from the creative team behind last year’s A Christmas Carol.

2019 begins with a timeless classic from one of the 20th century’s greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller, with his powerful American play All My Sons. Directed by a familiar face here at the Rep, Stellar Quines Artistic Director, Jemima Levick (The Lover, Great Expectations, The Glass Menagerie), and set in a post-war America, All My Sons is a gripping story of a family in crisis.

In April, we are excited to announce that we will be presenting a multi-art form festival of new work from emergent and established artists. Rep Stripped creates a platform and playing space for local and national artists to test out their ideas and share them with an audience. Featuring a series of workshops, readings, scratch performances, music and more, Rep Stripped  will offer intimate, new stories for the stage, before we hit the road again with our established and successful annual community tour, touring community centres throughout Dundee and surrounding areas in June.

Scottish Dance Theatre’s new 18/19 season kicks off with a unique commission, Looping: Scotland Overdub. Thisparticipatory dance performance project is designed to engage with local artists and young people from Dundee, Caithness and the Inner Hebrides, led by our professional company of dancers. The full company of dancers will work with the young community cast during a week-long residency period here in Dundee, culminating in a final performance at Dundee Rep in August. Capturing the collective spirit of ceilidh dancing and street festival vibes, this is one night not to be missed.

Also in August, Velvet Petal by Fleur Darkin heads to Southbank Centre, London for two performances before the company return to Dundee and prepare for two special evenings of Double Bills. The first evening pairs Dreamers by critically acclaimed Anton Lachky with Process Dayby Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, and the second pairs Process Day with TuTuMucky by Botis Seva, a fresh voice in British Dance. Both nights promise high-energy performances with original soundscapes and stunning design. Scottish Dance Theatre then head out to China for their international tour bringing Dreamers, Process Day, Innocence and TuTuMucky.

With a fresh new look and new name, REP Engage (previously known as Rep Creative Learning) will be presenting an exciting five-week season of productions and engagement opportunities. Kicking off this June with our Young Company’s devised piece, San Marino, 1972, which will then transfer to Eden Court in July as part of NTS’s Exchange. REP Engage then finish with a weeklong theatre-making residency at the University of Dundee’s School of Life Sciences.

There will also be plenty of exciting visiting work coming to the Rep in the new season. We are excited to welcome Citizens Theatre with Dominic Hill’s brutal and intense version of the Bard’s famous story The Macbeths, alongside The Scotsman’s Fringe First winner WOKE - a new story about the 20th Century African American experience. We’ll hear about the bravery and ingenuity of Harry McNish in Shackleton’s Carpenter and Scottish Ensemble, and Andersson Dance reprise their partnership in a bold new collaboration, Prelude.

We are excited to welcome the return of Stephen Greenhorn’s smash-hit musical, Sunshine on Leith, andDavid Baddiel’s My Family: Not the Sitcom. For our comedy fans, Craig Hill and Daniel Sloss will leave you in stitches and Back to Bacharach features excellent West End vocalists.

In the more intimate settings of our Rep studios and restaurant, we are pleased to announce three more shows from the acclaimed Sweet Venues, alongside Broke Lad’s production of McLuckie’s Line, inspired by a Brian Cox interview and is ultimately a love letter to Scottish actors and acting. We also have Marie, a new comic play about Mary Queen of Scots and Rah Rah’s Theatre’s My Mind is Free - a powerful interpretation of the degradation of human slavery in the UK today.

Artistic Director and Joint-Chief Executive, Andrew Panton tells us about what audiences can expect this season;

 “I feel very fortunate to be in Dundee during this exciting time for our city. Over the past year, it’s been a privilege to work with the talented, dedicated and inspiring team here at the Rep to create my first season. Having the chance to work with our amazing Ensemble, and talented creative teams, I couldn’t ask for better collaborators. 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.”