Se­ries of world pre­mieres to launch in the re­gion

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE WEEKENDTICKET -

Sharon Lip­trott

A se­ries of world pre­mieres be­gins this week at the Theatre Royal in Dum­fries.

The launch of an ex­cit­ing move com­bin­ing theatre, po­etry and con­ver­sa­tion starts with A Play, A Poet and A Pas­try tonight. Four bi-monthly events are planned up to the end of March.

Tonight, An­drew By­att and Gavin Jon Wright will take to the stage for the first per­for­mance of The Square Mile/Y Filltir Sg­war by award-win­ning Glas­gow play­wright An­drew Ed­wards.

Then, an ex­tra di­men­sion will be added when Dum­fries poet Liz Niven presents her new work writ­ten in re­sponse to the play.

And the third part will see the au­di­ence join An­drew, Gavin and Liz for a dis­cus­sion over pas­tries cour­tesy of March­bank Bak­ery.

Ali An­der­son-Dyer, di­rec­tor and co-founder of the event’s pro­duc­ers – Thorn­hill’s Bun­bury Ban­ter – said: “This is such an ex­cit­ing project – and a first for Dum­fries.

“Over the com­ing months we will be pre­sent­ing a se­ries of world pre­mieres at the Theatre Royal, along with po­etry and lively con­ver­sa­tion.

“It’s thrilling to start with a play by an ex­cit­ing young tal­ent like An­drew and we are very pleased to have been able to get ac­tors of the cal­i­bre of An­drew and Gavin as our per­form­ers.”

Gavin will be fa­mil­iar to Dum­fries au­di­ences, hav­ing pre­vi­ously ap­peared at the 2012 panto at DG One. He has also ap­peared in a va­ri­ety of TV shows in­clud­ing In Plain Sight, Tag­gart, Still Game, Shet­land, Lip Ser­vice and Dear Green Place.

He said: “I had a great time the last time I was in Dum­fries and am re­ally look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the first Play, Poet and Pas­try event.”

This year An­drew won the ART Award for emerg­ing Scot­tish artists for his one-act play, Scrib­ble, which was per­formed at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe.

The Square Mile/Y Filltir Sg­war is about the bound­aries of home, about hu­man roots and fam­ily re­la­tion­ships.

Set around a kitchen ta­ble, in a ru­ral house where Eng­land meets Wales, and where flat­lands start rolling into moun­tains, it fo­cuses on a fa­ther and son – Dy­lan and Al­lan – and a strug­gle that lies ahead of them.

Bun­bury Ban­ter have re­cently pro­duced Black­out to much ac­claim, worked with the Na­tional Theatre of Scot­land on the Five-Minute Fes­ti­val and on a web-based au­dio pro­duc­tion called Mor­tar which starred Ti­mothy West, Prunella Scales and Ni­chola McAuliffe.

Lyn­d­say Walker, mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer for the Theatre Royal, said: “We are con­fi­dent that this new bi-monthly event will bring in fresh au­di­ences to the theatre.

“And, by of­fer­ing the op­por­tu­nity to watch new stu­dio plays and take part in dis­cus­sions, new writ­ers and per­form­ers may be en­cour­aged to de­velop their own work.

“We hope that this part­ner­ship with Bun­bury Ban­ter will con­tinue.”

We are con­fi­dent that this new event will bring in fresh au­di­ences – Lyn­d­say Walker

Launch Ali An­der­son­Dyer, Gavin Jon Wright, An­drew By­att and the theatre’s Mark Alexan­der

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