Scottish theatre preview 2011
It'll be a good year for catching up with Scotland's key plays. While the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) continues to tour Gregory Burke's Black Watch, Rapture Theatre Company has assembled a strong cast to tour the playwright's breakthrough comedy Gagarin Way (17 February until 9 April).
On a bigger scale, several major venues have come together to revive the late Tom McGrath's The Hard Man about the life of Jimmy Boyle (31 March until 30 April). And Des Dillon, frustrated that Six Black Candles has not been seen in Scotland since its hilarious debut in 2004, has brought together most of the original Royal Lyceum cast to tour the play himself (15 April to 22 May).
David Harrower's Knives In Hens has been produced all over the world since its astonishing debut in 1995, but only a couple of times in Scotland, so a new NTS production (touring, 3-20 June) is very welcome. The NTS is also reviving Ena Lamont Stewart's Men Should Weep (touring, 16 September to 8 October), the 1930s tenement drama.
Among the new plays vying to become the classics of tomorrow are two by David Greig: The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart, going on a tour of pubs courtesy of the NTS (10-26 February), and Dunsinane, a sequel to Macbeth (touring 14 May to 11 June).
It's a promising year for women playwrights – and snappy titles – with Sue Glover's Marilyn (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh and Citizens', Glasgow, 17 February until 2 April), Rona Munro's Pandas (Traverse, Edinburgh, 15 April to 7 May) and Abi Morgan's 27 (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, 22 October to 12 November).
© Mark Fisher 2011
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