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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tailor of Inverness touring New York, via Dalbeattie

From Sara Bain

Dogstar Theatre’s Tailor of Inverness, is amongst two Scottish plays selected for New York premieres in this year’s Brits off Broadway festival. And the region’s theatre lovers will be able to see why in May, when the drama comes to Dalbeattie Town Hall as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.

Brits off Broadway is an annual festival premiering British plays to New York audiences. Critically acclaimed, the festival is described as a showcase for innovative and provocative theatre and this year runs from April to June.

The productions are travelling to the US thanks to combined funding of £70,000 from Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government. Creative Scotland’s Open Project funding awarded Dogstar £11,457 through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

Brits off Broadway opens with the Tailor of Inverness at the end of Scotland Week 2015, Scotland’s annual showcase of culture and creativity in North America. The Tailor of Inverness, the true story about how a boy from the Ukraine became a tailor in northern Scotland, will launch on 14 April 14. Following a 23-night run it will close on 3 May before it comes to Dalbeattie on 27 May.

Festival organisers have also chosen in My Father’s Words, a play about dementia, the Gaelic language and family revelations that span the Atlantic.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “Scottish theatre and culture resonates across the world. “This is great opportunity for two brilliant productions to make their mark in the USA. It’s exciting that Brits off Broadway will start at the end of Scotland Week with In My Father’s words; a great Scottish play with internationalism at its heart. This year’s Brits of Broadway demonstrates confidence in Scottish talent and the role of our world-renowned festivals as platforms for international success.”

Brits off Broadway Executive Producer, Peter Tear said: “As a Scot based in New York it is always a pleasure to present outstanding Scottish work at 59E59 Theaters. “We have waited a few years to introduce the remarkable, inspiring story of The Tailor of Inverness to New Yorkers, and this year happily the stars aligned. Dogstar’s Matthew Zajac, Aidan O’Rourke and Grid Iron’s director Ben Harrison will be with us for the first time for Brits Off Broadway at the close of Scotland Week.”

Book tickets for the Dalbeattie show on the DG Arts website here

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