Series of world premieres to launch in the region
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