Underwood Lane is a new John Byrne musical play written in the vintage style that audiences have come to love through his classic masterpieces The Slab Boys trilogy and TV hits Your Cheatin’ Heart and Tutti Frutti. This exciting new play features BAA clients Scott Fletcher, Julia Murray, Simon Donaldson, and Harry Ward.
Telling the tale of a young skiffle band trying to make it, Underwood Lane has it all: style, fierce love rivalry, broken hearts, dodgy dealers, religion, sex, death, and is written in memory of John’s Paisley buddy, Gerry Rafferty, who was born and brought up on the titular street.
Brilliantly funny and packed with iconic songs from the early sixties played live by a cast of ten actor-musicians under the musical direction of Hilary Brooks (Sunshine on Leith, Glasgow Girls), Underwood Lane, with set design by Becky Minto and costume design by John himself, promises to be a very special production for all lovers of Scottish theatre.
Runs Thu 14 — Sat 30 Jul 2022
For tickets and more info click hereNot Now – A Play, A Pie, and A Pint
BAA’s Harry Ward features in Not Now, a play by David Ireland, running at A Play, A Pie and A Pint this May.
The morning after his father’s funeral, aspiring actor Matthew is supposed to be flying to London to audition for drama school. But, torn apart by guilt and grief, he feels obligated to stay home in Belfast to look after his mother. It falls to his damaged but good-hearted uncle, Raymond “Cake” McCann, to encourage him to escape Northern Ireland while he still can. A sharp-witted, touching comedy drama from award-winning playwright David Ireland.
Directed by Becky Hope-Palmer | Cast – Martin Quinn and Harry Ward
Runs Mon, 23 May, 2022 — Sat, 28 May, 2022
For tickets and more info, click hereOrphans – National Theatre of Scotland
Glasgow, 1998, one hell of a storm is ripping through the city. The Flynn siblings just need to survive the night and make it to their mother’s funeral in the morning.
Thomas won’t leave the church. Michael is bleeding out and roaming the streets. John has a gun and a taste for revenge. And Sheila can’t wait to live life on her own terms. But things like this bring a family together, right?
An adaptation of the multi award-winning cult film by Peter Mullan, Orphans is directed by Cora Bissett and adapted by Douglas Maxwell, with music and lyrics by Scottish composing team Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly.
Beacon Arts Centre – 1st-2nd April
SEC Armadillo – 6 -9th April
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – 12th-16th April
Eden Court – 26th-30th April
Cora Bissett’s What Girls Are Made Of is returning, going out on tour from 9th April and features BAA’s Simon Donaldson and Harry Ward.
It’s 1992. In a small town in Fife, a girl is busting out of her skin to get out into the world and see what’s on offer. And an ad in the local paper declares: Band Seeks Singer.
Grunge has just gone global, scruffy indie kids are inheriting the earth, and a schoolgirl from Glenrothes is catapulted to a rock star lifestyle as the singer in a hot new indie band. Touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur, she was living the dream. Until she wasn’t.
Based on her meticulously detailed, pull-no-punches teenage diaries, this is the true story of Cora Bissett’s rollercoaster journey from the girl she was to the woman she wanted to be.
The tour kicks off at Citizens Theatre @ Tramway – for tickets and more info, click hereThe Dark Carnival – Citizens Theatre @ Tramway
A music and theatre spectacle, The Dark Carnival features sixteen performers and musicians, including BAA’s Natali McCleary, Ramesh Meyyappan, and Harry Ward.
The show tells the story of newcomers to the afterlife who discover that death is not actually the end. Incredulous at their continuity, they form their own necropolitan community where every night is party night: songs get sung, love gets made and whisky flows.
Created and performed by Vanishing Point and A New International, The Dark Carnival will transport audiences into an unexpected vision of the afterlife full of long-lost lovers, half-hearted ghosts, and songs.
The Dark Carnival will be presented at Tramway whilst the Citizens Theatre building undergoes an exciting two year redevelopment.
Runs from 19 February to 2 March
For tickets and more information, click hereMessage From The Skies – Edinburgh
Message from the Skies returned to Edinburgh on Tuesday 1 January with a selection of love letters written to Europe. The words of six internationally celebrated writers – Billy Letford, Chitra Ramaswamy, Kapka Kassabova, Louise Welsh, Stef Smith and William Dalrymple – will illuminate and animate buildings around the city during the first month of 2019.
Brennan Artists Harry Ward and Romana Abercromby provided voices for the project, with recordings available on the Message from the Skies app.
Message from the Skies runs until Friday 25 January 2019 and is commissioned and presented by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Produced by Underbelly, in partnership with Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Developed with support from Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.
For more information click hereJanis Joplin Full Tilt – Assembly
From multi-award winning writing/directing team BAA client Peter Arnott and director Cora Bissett, Full Tilt was a sensation at the 2014 Fringe, winning ‘Best Play’ from the Scottish Arts Club and ‘Best Female Musical Performance’ for its star, Angela Darcy.
On stage a woman stands, the greatest rock singer of her generation. Standing around her is the hottest band that a record company can buy. In front of her, an audience of thousands of expectant fans. She is Janis Joplin. She is utterly alone.
A celebration of a sound, a scream of protest at the universe. Full Tilt.
This Pachamama Production is presented by Raw Material and Regular Music for Summer 2018.
‘So brilliant and intense it lifts the hairs on the back of the neck’ ***** (Scotsman).
Venue: Assembly Rooms – Ballroom
Performances run from 2nd – 26th August at 7.45pm
More information can be found here.
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!Celtic – The Musical, Pavilion Theatre – New Dates
This rescheduled production of Celtic The Musical at Pavilion Theatre opens 5th September, featuring Morna Young and Harry Ward.
Featuring the songs that have rung round Celtic Park over the years (performed by a live band), the show tells the amazing story of this legendary club.
It takes audiences on an emotion-charged journey from the foundation of the football club by Brother Walfrid and its charitable origins through Willie Maley’s legendary successes as manager and the scoring feats of Jimmy McGrory. From the wing wizardry of Jimmy Johnstone to the triumphs of the immortal Jock Stein and the lasting legacy left by icons such as Billy McNeill, Tommy Burns and Henrik Larsson. The show will be updated to bring us right up to Brendan Rodgers and his all conquering team.
More information here.Celtic the Musical – Pavilion Theatre
The story of the proud history of Celtic Football Club unfolds through the eyes of two families, united by their shared passion.
Featuring the songs that have rung round Celtic Park over the years Celtic – The Musical tells the amazing story of this legendary club and the greatest fans in the world. It takes audiences on an emotion-charged journey from the foundation of the football club by Brother Walfrid and its charitable origins onward through Willie Maley’s legendary successes as manager and the scoring feats of Jimmy McGrory. The wing wizardry of Jimmy Johnstone to the triumphs of the immortal Jock Stein and the lasting legacy left by icons such as Billy McNeill, Tommy Burns and Henrik Larsson.
Featuring Morna Young and Harry Ward.
The production runs at the Pavilion Theatre from 18th April – 12th May.
More information can be found here.Rhinoceros – The Royal Lyceum
Eugène Ionesco’s classic 1959 play is an uproarious absurdist farce – and a chilling examination of conformism, nationalism, fascism and fundamentalism that has been compared with Orwell’s Animal Farm and Camus’s The Plague. It considers the countless ways in which humans are content to adapt themselves to new and horrifying circumstances, and give in to poisonous ideologies.
Alongside its piercing political insights, it is comic, thrillingly theatrical and deeply human, focusing on the unlikely hero of the everyman Berenger, and the possibility of resistance to what might seem inevitable.
Featuring BAA client Harry Ward who will reprise his role with the Edinburgh International Festival and DOT Theatre Istanbul.
Opens on 23rd March and runs at the Lyceum until 7th April.
More information can be found here.Rocket Post
Based on a true story.
July, 1934. The Western Isles. A small crowd stand on a beach and watch in amazement. Eccentric German scientist Gerhard Zucker tells them he wants to bring the world together. The future is about communication. The future is about connection. The future is… ROCKETS!
Featuring Harry Ward.
The Scottish tour begins on 23rd September at An Lanntair, Stornoway. More information can be found here.
Rhinoceros – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival
Don’t miss Harry Ward in Rhinoceros at the Royal Lyceum Theatre from the 3rd – 12th August.
In a sleepy French provincial town, a rhinoceros rampages across the market square. Another crushes someone’s cat. A woman sounds the alarm: it is the townspeople themselves who are transforming into these raging beasts. As more and more of the citizens embrace their future as rhinos, just one man – the drunkard Bérenger – refuses to transform. But why does he feel so out of step with everyone else? And what will his refusal to conform cost him?CELTIC – The Musical
Harry Ward and Morna Young are currently appearing in touring production CELTIC – The Musical.
Featuring the songs that have rung round Celtic Park over the years Celtic – The Musical tells the amazing story of this legendary club and the greatest fans in the world.
Created by Alterean Media with the official backing and support of Celtic Football Club.
GLASGOW: Pavilion Theatre: 7th–17th September, 7.30pm https://www.eticketing.co.uk/paviliontheatre/
DUBLIN: The Gaiety: 20th – Saturday 24th September, 7.30pm http://www.ticketmaster.ie/promo/if8k4g
DERRY (Millennium Forum) 27th September– Saturday 1st October, 8pm www.millenniumforum.co.uk/content/celtic-musical