Dundee Rep Ensemble presents
THE YELLOW ON THE BROOM
TUE 28 AUG – SAT 22 SEP
TOURING TO MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE WED 26 - SAT 29 SEP
By Anne Downie
Based on the novel
by Betsy Whyte
Director Andrew Panton
Designer Kenneth MacLeod
Composer John Kielty
“I’ll tak’ye on the road again, when yellow’s on the broom.”
Adapted from Betsy Whyte’s beloved autobiography, The Yellow on the Broom is a heartfelt, funny, and rich account of human endeavour. Filled with music, song, and an array of vibrant characters, Bessie’s story both passionately tells of her life and vividly portrays the prejudice faced by Travellers.
In 1930s Perthshire, Bessie Townsley is growing up in the Travelling community. Her mother and father teach her the ways of the land, but their lifestyle is under threat. With winter approaching, the family settle in Brechin for the season. There, Bessie must attend 100 days of compulsory schooling and although she shows promise in the classroom, the travelling life she adores is viciously attacked by those around her.
Directed by Andrew Panton (Passing Places, August: Osage County, Love Song), The Yellow on the Broom kick-starts his second season as Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director.
Join us after the show each Friday evening for a series of events which aim to shine a spotlight on Traveller culture, tradition and contemporary issues.