Recreating tales of Dundee jute mills

Some of the cast of She Town in a scene from the popular play which runs at Dundee Rep Theatre until Saturday, September 29. (Picture by Douglas Robertson).

Some of the cast of She Town in a scene from the popular play which runs at Dundee Rep Theatre until Saturday, September 29. (Picture by Douglas Robertson).

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DUNDEE Rep Ensemble is currently presenting She Town by Sharman Macdonald, a new play exploring the rich history of Dundee and celebrating the women who kept the jute mills running and their families together.

Directed by Jemima Levick, She Town features a large female cast including Rep Ensemble members Irene Macdougall and Emily Winter who are joined by, among others, Jessica Tomchak, Carol Ann Crawford and Joanne Cummins.

Also welcomed back is the much loved Barbara Raffery (Rab C Nesbit) who worked with the Rep Ensemble earlier this year in Steel Magnolias. She Town also features members of the Dundee Rep’s Community Company, Women’s Singing Group and members of the Rep’s own Youth Theatre.

Dundee in 1936 is a city run by women. The ‘backies’ set the scene for the women and girls who live in the tenements, play in its streets and work in its jute mills. Friendships, loyalties and family ties are challenged as tensions rise among the community of women. Working all day in the mills to support their families whilst their ‘kettle biler’ husbands stay at home, the women find camaraderie through story and song.

She Town also launches a new project called This Town, a site specific production that will be performed in spring 2013, the Year of Creative Scotland. Playwright Sharman Macdonald is best known for her award winning stage play When I was A Girl I used to Scream and Shout and more recently for her screen play The Edge of Love (2008). Tickets for She Town are available from Dundee Rep box office on 01382 223530 or by visiting www.dundeerep.co.uk