Packed season at Dundee Rep Theatre

DUNDEE Rep Theatre has announced a packed new autumn season including collaborations with Traverse Theatre Company and Royal Lyceum Edinburgh.

The new season also includes a breathtaking programme from Scottish Dance Theatre along side touring drama, comedy and kids shows.

Futureproof (August 31 to September 10) by Lynda Radley is their first co-production with Traverse Theatre Company, directed by Traverse artistic director Dominic Hill. A two year partnership with Royal Lyceum Edinburgh gets underway with Mary Queen of Scots got Her Head Chopped Off (October 19 to November 5), written by the current national poet Liz Lochhead. This robust, funny and ultimately tragic tale examines the then tensions between Scotland and England, Catholic and Protestant and women and men.

Dundee Rep will again take an Ensemble production out of the theatre and into the community. Baby Baby (on tour during October), is a frank account of teenage pregnancy highlighting the realities of becoming a mum.

This year’s Christmas production is the enchanting fairytale Cinderella, (November 29 to December 3), a magical show for all the family, directed by Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director James Brining.

Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) performs Lay Me Down by Kate Weare and Khaos by Ben Levy (November 15), a pre show talk is also available to find out more about the creative process. SDT take you on a Backstage Pass (November 16 and 17), a unique behind the scenes adventure and close encounters with dance and SDT dancers in the theatre.

Under Construction II (July 22 and September 21) showcases short works by SDT dancers and other choreographers. More dance from Breakin’ Rules (January 21), head spinning airborne action from some of Scotland’s best hip hop dance crews. Dundee Rep’s associate director Jemima Levick directs My Romantic History (October 5 and 6) by D C Jackson, a non-rom com about love, libido and lager brought to Dundee Rep by Borderline Theatre Company.

Dundee Schools Music theatre’s senior section returns to the Rep to perform Our House (August 17 to 20), a fast moving dynamic production featuring the music of Madness. From the producers of Spirit of the Dance, its time to shake, rattle and roll back to the 50’s with Rock Around The Clock (September 12 to 17) and Big Pants and Botox (September 27 to October 1) is both hilarious and uplifting. Rhinestone Mondays (November 7 to 12) a brand new comedy staring Faye Tozer and Ian ‘H’ Watkins both from Steps alongside Shaun Williamson (Barry from EastEnders) is a tale of love, life and line dancing. Music this season kicks off with folk singer Dick Gaughan (September 23), the ultimate tribute concert featuring Abba’s greatest hits Gimme Gimme (September 24) and Zimbabwe’s greatest ambassadors, Black Umfolosi (October 4) will perform traditional songs and dance of their native Southern Africa.

Performing at Dundee Rep for the first time The Dangleberries (October 8) have added the electronic bagpipes into ‘rock’ music with a unique fusion of vocals, drums and guitars.

All Killers Filler No Comedy (October 1) featuring Scotland’s fast-rising Mark Nelson, the energetic and very funny Billy Kirkwood and Irish man Danny Angelo perform together in one stonking night of comedy. Comedy legend Phil Cool (October 30) is again on tour and stops off at Dundee Rep and late night comedy from Fifer Daniel Sloss (November 2) one of the fastest rising stars of UK comedy and his special guest and friend Kai Humphries round of this seasons comedy. Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre present the classic fairytale Peter and the Wolf (September 10) for children of all ages and Catherine Wheels Theatre Company present Kes (October 7 and 8) the heart wrenching story of Billy and his best friend Kes.

Wee Stories Theatre Company perform the award winning family drama Arthur – The story of a King (October 15) an epic story of a king and his exploits, involving magic and magicians in an age where good conquered evil. The season finishes with Five Pound & Twa Bairns (January 12 to 14) by Scottish playwright Mike Gibb, a new production of the Scottish Musical play telling the funny and moving story of three women from very different backgrounds united in loss.

Tickets on sale now at Dundee Rep box office 01382 223530 and on line www.dundeerep.co.uk