DUNDEE REP AND SCOTTISH DANCE THEATRE COUNTDOWN TO THE LAUNCH OF NEW SEASON

Andrew Panton’s first season as Artistic Director of Dundee Rep saw an exciting, diverse range of work, including new collaborations and innovative co-productions.  As we look forward to the launch of the Rep’s 18/19 Season, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate all the inspiring work created by Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre over the past year.

August Osage County at Dundee Rep 

Almost ten years on from the play’s first performance, the Rep’s season began with Artistic Director, Andrew Panton, directing the Scottish Premiere of the Tony and Pulitzer Award-winning August: Osage County. The production featured a 13-strong cast performing on a three-story revolving set and received very positive responses from both critics and audiences alike and enjoyed four and five-star reviews

Panton's production marks the Scottish premiere of the play. It is, glad to report, a scintillating triumph.” Sunday Herald

thus setting the scene for what audiences were to expect from the Dundee Rep Ensemble throughout the season.

 Following the success of August: Osage County, Dundee Rep Ensemble’s production of Jean Genet’s, The Maids challenged audiences and marked the  70th anniversary of the play’s first performance. This all-female three-hander starred original Ensemble members (Irene Macdougall, Ann Louise Ross and Emily Winter) performing together as a collective three-piece for the first time in 18 years.

The Maids at Dundee Rep

Panton’s second show in the Autumn 2017 season dazzled audiences with Neil Duffield’s dreamlike and fresh adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Christmas Carol.  Bringing together magical design, beautiful live music, and a lot of snow! The Rep Ensemble gave an original take on this well-known tale; with resident Ensemble member, Ann Louise Ross, in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. A Christmas Carol received excellent reviews from both critics and audiences, achieving 4-star reviews once again and being described as

a big-stage musical version as elegant and lavish as it is brilliantly assured” The Scotsman and "...stunning performances and a truly inventive and enjoyable retelling of a classic." The Wee Review

 

Ira Levin’s 1970 classic murder mystery, Deathtrap delighted audiences at the start of 2018, with an extravagant retro-vintage set from Kenny Miller, it was a rollercoaster ride of both humour and terror. Director, Johnny McKnight crafted new life into this dark comedy thriller, creating an unapologetically entertaining piece of theatre that once again charmed and inspired audiences. 


In March, Dundee Rep and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland joined forces for the first time in a dynamic new partnership between two of the country’s leading arts organisations. Panton’s production of Tony award-winning musical Spring Awakening triumphed when it opened earlier this Spring. When Andrew became artistic director of Dundee Rep, he had a strong vision that he wanted to bring his passion and experience with both organisations together into an exciting Dundee Rep-RCS co-production and he did this with Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s 2006 radical musical, Spring Awakening.

Andrew Panton and his 17-strong cast give every moment of the drama its full value, passionate, erotic, comic and tragic” The Scotsman

On Friday 23 March, to celebrate the Year of Young People, we were delighted to host 'Spring Uncovered' an event run in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Drama Training Network. This sold-out event brought Young People aged between 15-26, together from all over Scotland, taking part in a pre-show talk and Q&A with the cast and creatives of Spring Awakening, before watching the show in a special ‘£5 at 5pm’ performance.

Passing Places - Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Most recently, we celebrated the 21st anniversary of Stephen Greenhorn’s much-loved contemporary Scottish play, Passing Places. This fast-paced, adrenaline-packed physical production, is a hilarious ‘road movie for the stage’ following two small-town boys who leave their mundane lives in a search for excitement and pleasure, taking audiences on a wild and riotous journey through Scotland. The run at Dundee Rep ended last weekend before heading out on tour to The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

Our 17/18 season is closed with The 39 Steps, a live radio-play by Joe Landry, directed by Rep Ensemble’s very own Irene Macdougall. John Buchan’s exhilarating novel, famously adapted by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, will transport you once again in this new live performance of a period radio play touring community centres across Dundee, Angus and Fife in June.

Following their successful run of YAMA which closed in France, Scottish Dance Theatre brought YAMA back to Scotland to perform for the last time in Dundee. It was given a warm farewell to a popular piece at Dundee Rep Theatre.  The dancers came on for three bows, while the audience gave it a standing ovation.

In an exciting co-production between Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Stellar Quines and Scottish Dance Theatre, The Lover by Marguerite Duras adapted for the stage by Fleur Darkin & Jemima Levick opened in Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre on 20 January and received some fantastic reviews. The world premiere of RITUALIA was performed at Dundee Rep on the 9 February before the Double Bill headed to The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock and then the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

 Scottish Dance Theatre’s popular piece for families, Innocence by Fleur Darkin has been touring the UK this season and performed at 15 different venues across Scotland and the UK with over 38 performances. Innocence invites little ones (and their adults), to explore William Blake’s imagination and enter a realm of mystery, fun and adventure promising a beautiful and engaging dance experience for young ones, their families and friends.

Building on the success of this Season, Andrew explains more about what audiences can expect throughout 2018/19;

 “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. Next season we’re reviving two important Scottish plays, an American classic and presenting a mini festival of new work from emergent and established artists. We’re also really pleased to be producing a brand new adaptation of The Snow Queen over the festive period, written by Noisemaker’s Scott Gilmour and Claire Mackenzie which is a co-commission with the Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow. 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.”

 On Saturday 2nd June 2018, Dundee Rep will be transformed to create a promenade theatre experience as the Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre unveil its ambitious new season, which kicks off at the end of August. This full-day event officially launches the new season, giving guests an exclusive tour around the building while showcasing extracts from next seasons programme of shows. Andrew will then take to the stage to speak about the exciting season ahead before it is released anywhere else.