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DUNDEE Rep welcomes three visiting companies to the theatre this week with diverse and thought provoking drama.

From a penthouse suite in New York to the miners’ strikes in the 1980s these three productions stop off at the Rep as they tour throughout the UK.

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company present The Man Who Lived Twice by Garry Robson tonight (Wednesday), Tayo Aluko and Friends present Call Mr Robeson on Thursday and Universal Arts LLP and Quidem Productions present Dust on Saturday.

The Man Who Lived Twice by award-winning writer Garry Robson is a dramatised account of a meeting that took place between a young, beautiful and very much in demand actor, John Gielgud and the playwright Edward Sheldon. Set in 1936, in a penthouse in New York this meeting was to change both their lives forever. Directed by Alison Peebles this play is about love, longing and the unreliability of macaws.

Garry Robson is one of the most respected directors and innovators in disability led performance working in the UK and internationally. He has been instrumental in encouraging some of the finest disabled actors

Call Mr Robeson, written and performed by Tayo Aluko is a play based on the life of Paul Robeson the great and famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When Paul gets too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied any chance to perform or travel. This roller coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life highlights how his radical activism caused him to be disowned and disremembered, even by the leaders and descendants of the civil rights movement.

Dust is a gritty drama reflecting on the effects of the miners’ strike of 1984/5 and the legacy of the Thatcher years. The play opens on the day of Margaret Thatcher’s death and in his London flat miners’ leader Arthur Scargill reacts to the news that his old adversary is gone.

As they reflect on battles past, Scargill and his publisher have a visitor, an aging militant miner with his own take on Scargill’s controversial legacy.

Tickets from the Dundee Rep box office 01380 223530 or online at www.dundeerep.co.uk