Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre announce Spring 19 season
Tuesday 4 Dec 2018
We are excited to reveal our Spring 19 season, an ambitious range of Rep-produced work made in Dundee. During the second half of our 18/19 season we’ll be focusing on a mini-festival of new writing, exciting collaborations and co-productions, educational offerings, and a strong focus on more touring productions and international partnerships.
As we welcome the world and enter this new chapter in the city’s history, we also embark on a new chapter in the story of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre. 2019 marks the celebration of 80 years of Dundee Rep, 20 years of Dundee Rep Ensemble and 10 years of Enterprise. We hope you’ll join us in our triple-birthday celebrations as we launch our anniversary season in June.
Until then, there’s lot’s going on. 2019 begins with a timeless classic from one of the 20th century’s greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller, with his powerful American play All My Sons. Directed by a familiar face here at the Rep, Stellar Quines Artistic Director, Jemima Levick (The Lover, Great Expectations, The Glass Menagerie), and set in a post-war America, All My Sons is a gripping story of a family in crisis.
In March, The Dark Carnival, a Vanishing Point co-production with the Citizens’ Theatre, in association with Dundee Rep Ensemble, will feature music written and performed live by A New International.
The Dark Carnival features Ensemble member Ann Louise Ross, and tells the story - through anarchic song, raucous rhyme and visual imagery – of the dead beneath the earth who, upon dying, discover that death is not actually the end. The show will tour across Scotland with the run at the Rep between 23-26 March.
We are also thrilled to be collaborating with National Theatre of Scotland and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland as we launch an exciting new festival, REP STRIPPED, showcasing the best as-yet-unseen stories for the stage from Dundee and across the country in a stripped back, intimate environment. Taking place over ten days in April, we are giving a platform to the creation and development of new work, a playing space for local and national artists to test out their ideas. Following the success of our brand new musical Hi, My Name Is Ben, we are once again giving our audiences the unique experience to be the first to see them.
Most recently, we produced a development and concert performance of our newest piece Hi My Name is Ben. This new musical in partnership with award-winning writing duo Noisemaker, the prestigious Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut and the Scottish Ensemble received rapturous acclaim from audiences back in September. We are now delighted to announce that following the development work in Dundee, the piece will have its world premiere in Connecticut this Spring. Andrew Panton will be joined by Dundee Rep Artistic Associates, Claire McKenzie and Emily-Jane Boyle, alongside Noisemaker’s, Scott Gilmour collaborating once again on this beautiful piece, telling the story of a mute who changed the lives of all those around him.
We will then be hitting the road once again in late May with our established and successful Community Tour, and this year we are excited to bring you The A-Z of Dundee, a brand new anarchic, fast-paced (and mostly true) history of Dundee conceived and written by John and Gerry Kielty and created by our Ensemble, for the people of Dundee.
We are delighted to announce that following 2015’s hugely successful restaging, The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil will be returning to Dundee Community Centres, in a new version based on the original production by Dundee Rep Ensemble. Joe Douglas returns to direct John McGrath’s iconic political ‘Story that has a beginning, a middle but, as yet, no end…’.
Scottish Dance Theatre unveils a fresh new version never-before-seen here in Dundee of fan favourite Velvet Petal on Fri 12 & Sat 13 April, and May sees the world premiere of a new commission by world-renowned choreographer Emanuel Gat as part of Scottish Dance Theatre’s 2019 Double Bill featuring RITUALIA by Colette Sadler. Following a successful tour to China, the company continues to tour multiple works across the UK and Germany and prepare for their tour of South America in June reaching new audiences in Peru, Chile, and Columbia. Meanwhile, here at the Rep, Scottish Dance Theatre Creative Learning presents Fresh Edit in May – a treat for dance supporters and an introduction to new work from across Scotland.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Rep Engage’s pioneering building-wide project, Enterprise @ the Rep. To celebrate, we will be launching Tenfold, a year-long programme of events, workshops, talks and masterclasses programmed for young people, by young people. We are also excited to announce a special collaboration with Scottish Youth Theatre - Making Space is a programme which supports young artists aged 14-25 who want to develop their own theatre work, offering time, space and guidance from experienced practitioners to give the opportunity to experiment and test ideas.
There will also be plenty of exciting visiting work coming to the Rep this Spring. Fresh from 2018’s Edinburgh Fringe, the award-winning Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland co-production, My Left Right Foot returns to the stage with new performances from 21 to 25 May. Written and directed by Robert Softley Gale, with music and lyrics by Noisemaker’s Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie, Richard Thomas and Robert Softley Gale. Following a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, we welcome Cora Bissett’s award-winning production, What Girls Are Made Of – a Raw Material and Traverse Theatre co-production, in association with Regular Music.
We continue to bring you the very best of theatre and dance including Britain’s Got Talent 2018 winner Lost Voice Guy and the legendary Ian McKellen. Our Children’s Festival is jam-packed with fun bringing you Nick Sharratt’s critically acclaimed YOU CHOOSE, a brand new interactive musical show where you choose what happens. A new theatre show for children aged 7+, Paper Memories by Jabuti Theatre in association with Platform explores the importance of memories, a stage version of Rod Campbell’s classic children’s book Dear Zoo Live! and we also welcome Time Machine, a thrilling journey to the future with puppetry and luxurious soundscapes.
Artistic Director and Joint-Chief Executive, Andrew Panton tells us about what audiences can expect this season;
“What a time to be in Dundee. We’re proud to be at the cultural heart of the Dundee during this exciting time when an even bigger spotlight is being shone on our city. We hope that all our audiences can share in our special year in 2019, and continue to be part of our incredible history. Our work is being seen by wider audiences with more productions touring both nationally and internationally. We welcome you to come and join us in our celebrations as we enter our anniversary year.”
Our Christmas 2019 announcement is coming soon!