We set off for Copenhagen today for rehearsals with our new co-production with Mungo Park Arts Centre of Denmark. The arts centre was re-named after the Scottish explorer 10 years ago following the great success of the first play produced under the then new Artistic Director, Martin Lyngbo. The play was Mungo Park - Travels in the Interior of Africa, written by Martin and Thor Bjorn Krebs. Where Dogstar presented The Tailor of Inverness at Mungo Park AC in January 2013, Martin suggested the co-production, and now we will start to realise it. Our cast consists of a Polish Scot, a Dane and a Nigerian Londoner - Matthew Zajac, Anders Budde Christensen and Kingsley Amadi. Production Manager Sholto Bruce and Stage Manager John Speirs make up the British contingent for rehearsals, with Donna Macrae producing with her assistant Lara McDonald and Liz Smith carrying out Press Officer duties for Dogstar. We're lucky people - looking forward to Copenhagen in May !
The tour's success continued during weeks 2 & 3. Our 3 performances in the Traverse Theatre's main space were sold out, as were the 3 shows at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (well, almost, the Saturday matinee was 90% full). The Herald newspaper gave the show a 5-star review: http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/stage/14259137.Theatre_review__The_Tailor_of_Inverness__Tolbooth__Stirling/
Further excellent reviews appeared in the Scotsman & the Sunday Herald:
Week 3 saw a tour of 5 small venues new to Dogstar in the North East of Scotland under the auspices of North East Arts Touring (www.neatshows.org): Portsoy Town Hall, Crathes Hall, Kemnay Village Hall, New Pitsligo Hall & Lumsden Village Hall. Portsoy, Kemnay and Lumsden were packed, with the audience at Lumsden the biggest the promoter had ever had for theatre, while attendances were also very good at Crathes and New Pitsligo. Hard but rewarding work for the touring company, with excellent cakes and soup provided by the promoters while we set up the show !
Matthew Zajac was interviewed by Traverse Theatre Associate Director Rosie Kellagher for the Travcast series. You can find the interview with Matthew here: https://soundcloud.com/traverse-thea…/travcast-matthew-zajac
We drove into the eye of storm Henry for a dramatic start in Durness, the most north-westerly village in the UK. The show opened to a roaring wind blasting the corrugated roof of the new village hall. We expected no one to come out in the 90mph/160kmh winds but, to our amazement, a substantial number turned up and gave us a great reception, listening even more intently than normal as we pushed the volume up to compete with the gale.
The next day, the weather had calmed a little. We drove past the stunning beaches and cliffs of the north coast, past the Dounreay nuclear facility and into Thurso. Thurso cinema that night was soundproof and a very good venue for the show, much better than we thought it might be and every seat was filled. Back along the coast on Wednesday to tiny Melvich Hall and a packed house which gave us a standing ovation ! Excellent talks with pupils at Thurso High School and with the Melvich audience too ! We bade farewell to the north coast and our wonderful hosts at Lyth Arts Centre and drove south, stopping for a brief sojourn round the 5,000-year-old Camster Cairns, whale-like stone burial chambers. The remainder of the week saw full houses in Birnam, Stirling and Aberdeen. Quite frankly, this first week of the tour couldn't have been much better !
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