Autumn Season 2016

Dundee Rep Ensemble Announce Autumn Season 2016 

Dundee Rep Ensemble’s Autumn season 2016 gets off to a flying start with the restaging of last year’s hugely successful production of The Cheviot the Stag and the Black, Black Oil by Scottish playwright John McGrath. This season’s community touring production is Spoiling by John McCann and Roald Dahl’s Georges Marvellous Medicine is this year’s magical festive family show. 

Dundee Rep’s Associate Artistic Director Joe Douglas will again direct the award-winning Ensemble in the iconic The Cheviot the Stag and the Black, Black Oil by John McGrath (31 Aug – 10 Sep). This extraordinary play looks at the exploration of the economic changes across Scotland and will tour for the first time to Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh (14-24 Sep), His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen, (4-6 Oct), Eden Court, Inverness (11-15 Oct) and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow (18 – 22 Oct). Following that, Dundee Rep’s now established and successful community tour will again take to the road from 11-29 Oct. Spoiling by John McCann is a humorous play offering an alternative insight into what might have happened if the “Yes” voters prevailed. Spoiling tours to venues throughout Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife. 

For the fourth consecutive year, Dundee Rep's family Christmas show comes from the world's number one children's storyteller Roald Dahl. Georges Marvellous Medicine (24 Nov – 31 Dec) is adapted by Scottish playwright Stuart Paterson and will have families’ captivated this festive season. 

This autumn season Dundee Rep will also host some of the best visiting drama, dance, music and comedy. Continuing with Shakespeare’s 400 celebrations, two exceptional productions will perform this season. Bard in the Botanics present Macbeth (2-3 Aug), an electrifying new version of one of Shakespeare’s most popular and enduring plays at Dundee Botanic Gardens and back at the Rep, Shakespeare’s Globe presents The Two Gentlemen of Verona (14-16 Sep). Dundee Schools Musical Theatre returns with the colourful and spectacular Barnum (17-20 Aug) and Talking Scarlet present Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde (21-23 Sep). Dundee Rep Community Company perform Address to a Liar (11&12 Aug), directed by Sandy Thomson; the company will perform a new piece of theatre centred on the hostelries in Dundee’s Hawkhill. 

Dundee Rep celebrates Black History Month with four fantastic productions this October.  Kathryn Baker Productions’ The Collector (4 Oct), a compelling tale of murder, evil and betrayal set in Iraq was born out of the author’s experiences of a visit to Bagram Airbase. Our second production in Black History month Black is the Colour of my Voice (6 Oct), inspired by the life of Nina Simone, we see the successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. TG Projects present Le Gateau Chocolate: Black (5 Oct), an intimate and confessional portrait of Nigerian singer Le Gateau Chocolate’s life and we round off Black History Month with Soweto Spiritual Singers (8 Oct); the world-famous 22 strong African choir perform incredible rich harmonies to uplift the soul. 

Pachamama Productions, National Theatre of Scotland & Regular Music present The Glasgow Girls (12-15 Oct) by Cora Bissett and David Greig. A life-affirming, song-filled Scottish drama, The Glasgow Girls is based on a true story of seven feisty teenagers, whose lives change forever when their school friend and her asylum-seeking family are forcibly taken from their home to be deported. Pilot Theatre presents The Season Ticket (25-27 Oct) football mad friends Gerry and Sewell need a cool grand for the elusive season tickets and they try every trick in the book. More drama from Blackeyed Theatre with their brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror masterpiece Frankenstein (28-29 Oct), fusing storytelling and live music.  

This season’s visiting dance for family audiences comes from BalletLOERENT with Snow White (21 – 22 Oct), and more dance from The Great Big Dance Show (3 Nov) with a Pick ‘N’ Mix of fantastic dance featuring groups from Dundee and across Scotland. 

Scottish Dance Theatre celebrates 30 years as Scotland's principal contemporary dance company and looks forward to a busy season performing in Dundee, Rio and Mexico. Celebrations get underway Friday 30 September with a party at Dundee Rep; join the dancers, Ensemble actors and special guests for an evening of dance, music and food.

The company returns to Dundee in February after performing abroad with a double bill; Process Day by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar and Dreamers by Anton Lachky, two new pieces of work that premiered earlier this year. 

For our preschool audiences members, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company will perform their award-winning production White (18-19 Oct), a playful and highly visual show for the very young. Then more for our young audiences from Starcatchers & Branar téatar do pháistí who bring The Shape of Things to Come (12 – 23 Dec), a show designed for children aged 6 months to 2 years and their adults.

Music from one of Scotland's finest singer-songwriters Dougie MacLean (17 Sep), and we welcome back Horse (5 Nov) and her full band who will perform exclusive new songs alongside hits from their impressive back catalogue. 

Comedy double bill with two of Scotland best-loved comedians Frankie Boyle and FredMacAulay (7 Oct), comedy continues with an evening of brilliantly observed stand-up from Jimeoin – Renonsense Man (30 Oct) and Dundee Rep welcomes back the kilted Craig Hill (4 Nov) with his gloriously camp, no-holds-barred comedy. 

Heading into 2017 The Scaffies (25-28 Jan) by Dundee’s own Garry Robertson makes a welcome return to Dundee Rep after sell-out performances in 2015. Set in 1978 this hilarious production follows a squad of Dundee Scaffies getting through their shift. In February multi-award winning all-rounder Mark Thomas performs the final part of his trilogy, The Red Shed (4 Feb). Part theatre, Stand Up and journalism activism The Red Shed is a story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community in a small wooden shed.