Penned by theatre and television writer Philip Differ and directed by Sally Reid, Smile comes to Dundee Rep this spring, and features BAA’s Barrie Hunter and Chris Alexander.
Jim McLean might never be called one of Scottish football’s best-loved characters, but he will always be described as one of the most respected. While boss of Dundee United, McLean did something that no-one thought possible, and turned a provincial football club into a genuine, European force, though not without cost.
Smile, a new piece based on the life of this legendary football icon, reveals for the first time the complexities and contradictions, the highs and lows, and the triumphs and regrets of this totally unique individual.
Runs Tue 18 February – Sat 7 March 2020
Click here for tickets and more infoTay Bridge – Dundee Rep
Peter Arnott‘s Tay Bridge opens this September at Dundee Rep, and features Barrie Hunter.
On the night of Sunday December 28, 1879, the unthinkable happened. Battered by a ferocious storm, the Tay Bridge collapsed.
Tay Bridge tells the poignant and unexpected stories of the suddenly interrupted passengers making the journey that night. Who were they? Where were they going? What were they escaping, and where did they believe they were heading?
Written by Peter Arnott and directed by Dundee Rep Artistic Director Andrew Panton, Tay Bridge is a heartfelt and moving portrait of an era, and of a group of people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. A powerful mood piece, Tay Bridge gives a whole new perspective on this famous bridge disaster.
This unique commission from one of Scotland’s most iconic writers kicks off Dundee Rep’s anniversary season of local stories straight from the heart of Dundee.
WRITTEN BY PETER ARNOTT (FROM AN ORIGINAL IDEA BY TOM McGOVERN)
DIRECTED BY ANDREW PANTON
Runs Tue 27 August – Sat 21 September
For tickets and more info, click hereA-Z of Dundee – On Tour
BAA’s Ross Allan and Barrie Hunter are part of the cast of A-Z of Dundee, a brand new anarchic, fast-paced, (and mostly true) history of Dundee, touring a selection of venues around Scotland.
Quite possible no one telt ye it’s where William Wallace bagged his first Sassenach? The result of (literally days) of extensive, painstaking Rigorous historical Sleuth work as well as some (quite possibly) Tenuous, Unsubstantiated and Very unlikely flights of fancy… Dundee Rep Will titillate, X-cite, illuminate and stimulate You through a roller coaster ride of music, mirth and merriment that is: A to Z of Dundee. Zoiks!!!
For tickets and a list of venues, click hereAll My Sons – Dundee Rep
Dundee Rep Ensemble’s production of All My Sons opens in February and features Brennan Artists Barrie Hunter and Antony Strachan.
A gripping story of a family in crisis, All My Sons is a timeless classic from one of the 20th century’s greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge), and is directed by Stellar Quines’ Artistic Director Jemima Levick (The Lover, Great Expectations, The Glass Menagerie).
The previews begin on 19th February and the run includes a post-show discussion with members of the cast and creative team following the evening performance on Tue 26 February.
BAA’s multi-talented Barrie Hunter will not only direct, but play up to seven dames in a quick-change frenzy in this year’s Perth panto. Directed by Perth Theatre’s artistic director Lu Kemp, families can expect the usual fun, laughter, songs and silliness from Snow White and the Seven Dames.
Snow White never asked to be beautiful. She never asked to be given a name that reduces her to her perfect complexion. It’s particularly embarrassing now that she has a bout of acne.
Since her father married that awful witch, she spends hours alone in her room. When her evil stepmother makes her first attempt on Snow White’s life, Snow White decides it’s time for a change. She’s going undercover and in disguise: Snow White, no more! Aided and abetted by not one but SEVEN dames she must defeat her stepmother, regain the kingdom and find her true name!
Whistle up your best booing, hissing and singing voices and help Snow White and friends live happily ever after in Perth Theatre’s dame-tastic family panto!
Runs Fri 30 Nov – Sat 5 Jan
For tickets and more information, click here.
Gagarin Way – Dundee Rep
Having already gained four star reviews in The Herald, The Scotsman, The Times and The Stage, Gagarin Way runs at Dundee Rep until Saturday 3 Nov, and features Brennan Artist Barrie Hunter.
“I’ve always been interested in violence … I thought I should, ken, maybe try something way a point … violence way a reason.”
It’s late, and in a dark computer factory, disillusioned workers Eddie and Gary have a plan to make the ultimate political statement: kidnap a member of senior management, and send a message to the world. Their plot starts to unravel when security guard Tom stumbles in on them. Worse still, the kidnapping hasn’t quite gone to plan.
In the towns built on former industries, what’s left for the new generation? The mines have closed; capitalism reigns supreme.
Set in Fife, Gagarin Way addresses the departure of socialist values from a region where political radicalism was once the cornerstone of the community. Written by Gregory Burke (Black Watch) and directed by Cora Bissett (Room, Glasgow Girls, Adam and recent Scotsman Fringe First Award-winning What Girls Are Made Of), Gagarin Way offers a stark insight into the harshest realities of Scottish society, tempered with fiery black humour.
TUE 16 OCT – SAT 3 NOV
For tickets and more info, click hereThe Yellow On The Broom – Dundee Rep
Brennan Artists Chiara Sparkes and Barry Hunter have just started their run in The Yellow on the Broom at Dundee Rep, which shows until 22nd September, then tours for one weekend at the MacRobert Arts Centre from Wednesday 26th September.
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.
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.
For more information and footage from behind the scenes, click here.CATS Shortlist!
Congratulations to our BAA clients who have been shortlisted for the upcoming CATS 2018!
Ramesh Meyyappan for Best Actor in Off-Kilter.
Angela Darcy and Barrie Hunter as part of Best Ensemble in August Osage County and
Harry Ward in Rhinoceros.
Peter Arnott for Best New Play, The Monarch of the Glen.
The full list of nominees can be found here. The winners will be announced on 10th June at Perth Theatre.
Good luck to all!Passing Places
BAA client, Barrie Hunter appears in Passing Places at Dundee Rep from 26th April and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow from 8th May.
Passing Places is the story of small-town boys Alex and Brian, a Lada, a surfboard and a crate of Irn Bru. Desperate to leave their mundane lives and dead-end jobs in Motherwell behind them, they head out to find excitement and pleasure.
More information can be found here.
Aladdin – Perth Theatre
Mwahahahahahaaaa! Body-popping, break-dancing baddie Abanazer (Christina Strachan) is going to win the panto!
Can heroes Aladdin and Jasmine stop him? Can our own Dame Barrie Hunter? Not without your help… Save the world with a foot-stamping, toe-tapping, fabulous Perth family panto! Back on Perth Theatre’s glorious restored main-stage, their first home-produced show of the season!
Packed with songs, fun and laughter, panto returns to its rightful home in Perth’s much-loved Christmas tradition.
Also featuring Wendy Seager as the Genie!
The run begins 9th December. More information can be found here.The Sunshine Ghost
A new musical from Andy Cannon and Richard Ferguson, directed by Ken Alexander. The Sunshine Ghost tells the wonderfully comic story of the acquisition of Castle MacKinnon by a love-struck billionaire and property tycoon for his fiancé, ‘Astrobeth’ – Hollywood’s favourite astrologer.
Featuring Neshla Caplan and Barrie Hunter. This musical will tour theatres from the beginning of October. More information can be found here.August: Osage County – Dundee Rep
This Scottish Premiere is the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.
Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County then went on to be a major film with an all-star cast including Meryl Streep and Ewan McGregor.
When alcoholic patriarch Beverly Weston mysteriously goes missing, the estranged members of the Weston family, ravaged by addiction, illness and deceit reluctantly return home.
With the entire Weston clan confined to their country estate, troubled past relationships, lies and family secrets are spilled under the relentless Oklahoma sun of Osage County, bringing tensions to boiling point.
Originally created by acclaimed Chicago ensemble theatre company Steppenwolf, this new production celebrates the ten year anniversary of its first production and will be created with the Rep’s very own resident Ensemble, directed by Andrew Panton as his first production as Artistic Director.
Long term ensemble member Barrie Hunter is joined by fellow BAA client Angela Darcy in this production
Performances run from 29th August – 16th September 2017The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – Dundee Rep
Written when Brecht was a refugee in Finland, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui charts Hitler’s rise to power as a parable play. Arturo Ui is a wannabe gangster in 1930s Chicago, very firmly in Al Capone’s shadow. But with a bit of muscle from his companions and a few “acting” lessons, a man can run any town.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui features Barrie Hunter and runs from 31st May – 10th June, in venues in and around Dundee.Death of A Salesman – Dundee Rep
Barrie Hunter can be seen in Death of a Salesman directed by Joe Douglas for Dundee Rep Theatre from Wednesday 22nd February – Saturday 11th March 2017.
Willy Loman has provided for his family all his life. With “a smile and a shoeshine” he has taken on the world and won. As he approaches his declining years, he’s forced to face his demons: what is left of a salesman when he can’t get a sale?
The personal tragedy of the Loman family is given new life by the renowned Dundee Rep Ensemble. An international creative team will collaborate with them, to draw unusual nuances out of this well-known text.
One of the greatest American plays of all time in an innovative new production.
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman was the recipient of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play and is widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century.Much Ado About Nothing
Barrie Hunter is appearing in Dundee Rep’s production of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Irene McDougall from 9th – 25th June 2016.
Love is the victim when gossip and lies are the weapons and things take an abrupt turn, plunging from comedy to tragedy, as the sinister intrigues of Don John threaten to tear lovers and friends apart.
Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed plays that gives us one of Shakespeare’s wittiest comedy of words, loyalty and the search for love.
Full Details hereCATS Awards 2016 Nominations
The 2016 CATS Award nominations have been announced!
Huge Congratulations to Barrie Hunter for his nomination for Best Male Performance in DESCENT, Angela Darcy for Best Female Performance in RING ROAD and Dawn Sievewright and the Ladies of Perpetual Succour for Best Ensemble, Best Production and Best Music and Sound!
Delighted to see that DESCENT (which also featured BAA Client Wendy Seager) has also been nominated in the Best New Play Category.
Horsecross Pantomime BEAUTY AND THE BEAST which featured Barrie Hunter, Angela Darcy, Harry Ward and David Rankine is also nominated in the Best Technical presentation category
Full list available here: