MORE DETAILS REVEALED AT OOR WULLIE OFFICIAL LAUNCH

This week saw the official launch of an awfy braw new musical Oor Wullie, brought to the stage by Dundee Rep Ensemble and Selladoor Productions in association with Noisemaker which opens 23 Nov at Dundee Rep before touring Scotland.

At the event held at Theatre Royal Glasgow the creative team behind the brand-new musical revealed some details of set designs, costumes and shared a sneaky peek of two numbers from the show written and performed by Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie of Noisemaker.  Songs included the catch phrase loaded ‘Help Ma Boab’ as Wullie laments the loss of his bucket and ‘How do I fit this story’ which will be sung by a brand new character to the Auchenshoogle gang -  still to be revealed!

Andrew Panton, Artistic Director at Dundee Rep says “Although we are very keen to keep the much loved origins of comic strip – we wanted to look through a contemporary lens to reimagine the world in which Wullie lives– which is now.  We have been working very closely with DC Thomson to make sure that all of the characters you will imagine will be on stage but also introducing a completely new character. I’m thrilled that as part of our anniversary season we’ll be bringing this story to life on stage”

The design by Kenneth McLeod draws on the original comic strip artwork, aiming to retain the nostalgic feeling of the original artwork but with fresh and vibrant contemporary elements. He tells us “Oor Wullie is so iconic and as a comic strip there’s so much iconography and visual language there to unpick.  I have gone back through 80 years of comic strips working out the most recognisable aspects and essence of Oor Wullie.  We are looking to animate the line and inkwork that is so famous and use the landscape of tenement living and the ways in which Wullie likes to keep himself entertained like writing graffiti on the fences, making go-karts and building treehouses to feed into the designs to show Wullie’s world.”

Noisemaker’s Scott Gilmour says – ‘We were thrilled to be working on a title that is as iconic and beloved as Oor Wullie. The biggest hurdle was taking something which is a comic strip, a short form of story- telling that doesn’t immediately lend itself to a two-act musical. The first part of the process was going up into the loft and getting loads of annuals, bringing them down having a look through the stories to see the ones that resonate and could be put into a musical format. The one that seemed to jump out the most and happens a lot over the years of Oor Wullie is the loss of his bucket.  So we took this to begin to structure song and musical moments”

Claire McKenzie adds “There are lots of different styles of music in the show– there are songs inspired by old Scottish traditional folk music but we have also looked at what Scotland sounds like today – what is popular music and how do other communities influence the sound of Scotland.  It is such a gift to work with the Scottish language which is almost rhythmic in itself so we wanted to get lots of Scottish-isms in the lyrics and lots of Wullie’s catchphrases too”

Oor Wullie has featured in DC Thomson Media comic strips in the Sunday Post for over 80 years, earning him the title of ‘Scotland’s Favourite Son’ in a public vote in 2004.  The iconic laddie from Auchenshoogle is much loved for his big heart, constant war against boredom and his mischievous energetic pranks which often land him in a scrape or two! Now you can see the spiky-haired scallywag live on stage as he embarks on an adventure with pals Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck, and the rest of the Sunday Post gang – the only question is; where’s his bucket?!

Tickets are on sale now - See listings for booking details and join the cheeky chap who will prove that even at 80-years old he’s still Oor Wullie! Your Wullie! A’body’s Wullie!

LISTINGS

23 Nov – 05 Jan – Dundee Rep Theatre - 01382 223 530 – www.dundeerep.co.uk 

21  - 25 Jan  – Theatre Royal Glasgow –0844 871 7647 https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-glasgow/

28 Jan – 01 Feb  – Edinburgh Kings Theatre –0131 529 6000 www.capitaltheatres.com  

03 Feb – 08 Feb Ayr Gaiety Theatre – 01292 288235 https://thegaiety.co.uk/

11 Feb – 15 Feb – Inverness Eden Court –01463 234 234   https://eden-court.co.uk/

26 – 29 FebMacrobert Theatre Stirling –01786 466 666 http://www.macrobertartscentre.org

02 March – 07 March – His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen 01224 641122 www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

09 March – 14 March – Beacon Arts Centre – 01475 723723 www.beaconartsentre.co.uk