Andrew Panton Directing Bard’s Tale Game Live as part of Celtic Connections Festival

Bards Tale


Following the release of the soundtrack to The Bard’s Tale IV Barrows Deep video game, Simple Minds‘ Ged Grimes will be producing a special Bard’s Tale Game Music LIVE Event on January 31st as part of Celtic Connections, the annual International winter festival which attracts thousands of global visitors to Scotland each year.

We are delighted to announce that this unique premiere will be directed by Andrew Panton, Artistic Director of Dundee Rep Theatre, taking audiences on a musical journey through 18th century Scotland with synchronized video from the game, live action, and original music.

The concert at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, will see the main character, The Bard, played by Scots actor and Associate Rep Ensemble member, John Buick and will feature a host of Scotland’s finest singers and musicians from the soundtrack including Kathleen MacInnes, Fiona Hunter, Kim Carnie, Eilidh Cormack and sister trio, Mackenzie.

With Gaelic language and culture growing in popularity worldwide, and the Highlands and Islands recently being included in the Lonely Planet’s Best Travel list 2019, Grimes’ second soundtrack and live event are expected to generate major international interest. The songs from the game feature a wealth of internationally recognised Scottish talent including 16-year-old Peigi Barker, the voice of Young Merida in Disney’s children’s film Brave, and recently crowned Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2018, Eilidh Cormack. The music propels the storyline and characters of the game through a virtual Highland landscape, where gamers are plunged into a world of fantasy role play where they must battle against monsters, beasts, and brigands.

Alongside his work at the Rep, Andrew has directed productions for the National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh Royal Lyceum, Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre and his work for TV includes BBC Children in Need, Gareth Malone’s The Naked Choir and The Voice. Music is often at the heart of his work, playing an integral part in new musical development in Scotland and later this spring will see Dundee Rep, Noisemaker and Goodspeed Musicals taking a brand-new musical directed by Andrew called Hi, My Name is Ben to the US stage where it will have its world premiere in May.

Commenting on his involvement in this unique event, Director Andrew Panton said:

“It’s been a privilege working alongside Ged on the Bard’s Tale Live show. I’m excited to be working on this project as part of Celtic Connections festival, bringing together all of these elements with such a talented team. This annual festival is a window to the world, showcasing the very best of Scottish music talent, so I’m really pleased that Dundee Rep and Celtic Connections are collaborating with Ged to produce what I think is going to be a really exciting show which fuses, concert with theatre, game visuals and some of the best new Gaelic music you’re likely to hear.”


Tickets for The Bard’s Tale Game Music live at Celtic Connections on January 31st are now available here: Download the first soundtrack here.