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Updated 24.05.22

Call out for young performers/musicians

The National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep are seeking young people to join the development process for a brand new musical production for one week, this July, in Dundee.

These talented young people will work with Artistic Director Andrew Panton, his creative team and adult professional cast in originating this exciting new work between the 16th and the 23rd July 2022. 

These roles require courage, stamina and the ability to sing, act AND play a musical instrument. You must be between 8 and 14 and live within a 1 hour commute of Dundee Rep. Strings, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments will be considered for the process.

If interested please make contact with Michael Howell, Casting Director at [email protected] with the following information and we’ll be in touch….

·         The Instrument you play

·         The Grade you’ve reached (and if you’ve never done grades that’s fine too - just let us know what you’ve been working on!)

Dundee Rep welcomes young people of all genders to audition.

You need to be free on Friday 3rd June for the Audition in Dundee.

AND if we don’t invite you for audition this time around we’re doing the same thing next year so get practising! 

Updated 20.05.22

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre has become accredited as a

Living Wage employer

 
Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre has today accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90 per hour. This Living Wage rate was announced on Monday 15th November 2021 as part of Living Wage Week. This rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £9.50 per hour.

In 2019, Dundee became the first place in the UK to achieve recognition for their ambitious plan to become a Living Wage City, a place-based approach to driving uptake of the real Living Wage by local businesses. This ambition is strengthened by today’s announcement.
Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre joins over 100 accredited Living Wage employers in Dundee City who are working to ensure the local community and economy enjoys the benefits of the real Living Wage.  

In Scotland, more than 14% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage - around 330,000 jobs. Despite this, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate calculated according to the costs of living. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis, recognising the value of their workers and ensuring that a hard day’s work receives a fair day’s pay. 

Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 55,000 people in Scotland and put over £310 million extra into the pockets of low paid Scottish workers. 

Liam Sinclair, Executive Director & Joint CEO of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre Limited said: “We are absolutely delighted to be part of the fast-growing community of businesses in Dundee and Scotland paying the living wage and above. Grassroots change at the local level of this kind can inspire wider change, and it’s exciting that efforts like this within our organisation play a role in that.”
 
Gill Simpson, Marketing and Communications Director, Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc and member of Dundee Action Group said: “It’s great to welcome Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre as an accredited Living Wage employer in Dundee. The Dundee Action Group is focused on raising awareness and enabling as many businesses as possible to become accredited. It’s important, now more than ever, to ensure employees are paid a rate to support the rising cost of living. I hope Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre joining us in this movement can encourage others to join too.”

Christine McCaig, Living Wage Projects Coordinator said: “We are delighted to welcome Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre to our network of over 2700 Scottish employers who together want to go further than the government minimum. Our growing network in Dundee includes a range of employers from Dundee Industrial Heritage and Dundee Contemporary Arts to D.C. Thomson. 

“Employers like Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre are helping to set the standard for employers in Scotland by making sure that workers have what they need to get by and we hope to see many more employers following their example.”

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What about the Government’s national living wage?
In July 2015 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the UK Government would introduce a compulsory ‘national living wage’. It was introduced in April 2016, originally applying for all workers over the age of 25, and, as of April 2021, is currently £9.50 (from 1 April 2022) an hour and applies for workers over the age of 23. The rate is different to the

Living Wage rates calculated by the Living Wage Foundation. The government rate is based on median earnings while the Living Wage Foundation rates are calculated according to the cost of living in London and the UK. 

About the real Living Wage 
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to what people need to make ends meet. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that choose to ensure their staff earn a wage that meets the costs and pressures they face in their everyday lives. 
 

The UK Living Wage is currently £9.90 per hour. There is a separate London Living Wage rate of £11.05 per hour. 

These figures are announced each year by the Living Wage Foundation. The rates are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.

The Living Wage Foundation is the organisation at the heart of the UK movement of businesses, organisations and individuals who campaign for the simple idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. 

About Living Wage Scotland & The Poverty Alliance
Living Wage Scotland was established in April 2014 by the Poverty Alliance with the aim of increasing the number of employers in Scotland who are recognised for paying their staff the real Living Wage.  

Living Wage Scotland is a partnership with the Living Wage Foundation and is funded by the Scottish Government.  

The Poverty Alliance is the national anti-poverty network in Scotland with a long track record in working with individuals and communities affected by poverty to take action, and in providing support to influence policies solutions in Scotland.  

Accredited Living Wage employers in Scotland span private, public and third sectors. SMEs make up 75% of the total number of employers and more than half of Scotland’s local councils are accredited. Find out more at www.scottishlivingwage.org/accredited 

 

Updated 13.05.22

Rep Stripped Returns

Dundee Rep’s festival of new work returns with fresh ideas from some of the country’s most exciting emerging voices. 

Following on from the success of Rep Stripped in 2019, Dundee Rep is thrilled to announce the return of its celebrated festival of new work. Offering some of the most exciting emerging artists a platform to present new ideas in a stripped back format, with support to experiment and develop with an audience.

Landing at the Rep from Wednesday, 1 June to Saturday, 4 June, Rep Stripped offers artists an opportunity to work with the Dundee Rep team, including Artistic Director Andrew Panton, Associate Director Tashi Gore and the award-winning Dundee Rep Ensemble. While some performances take place on the Rep’s stage, others are performed in less conventional spaces all around the theatre, giving audiences a chance to see the beautiful A-listed building in a new light.

From live readings and gig theatre to promenade performances, from tales of factory workers and refugees to sexuality and depression, Rep Stripped presents a range of exciting, cutting-edge new work from some of the country’s most innovative creative voices.

Andrew Panton, Artistic Director at Dundee Rep said: “Rep Stripped is a hugely important part of our work here at the Rep. By supporting emergent talent to develop, we nurture the creative ecology to ensure future generations of theatre-makers have a platform. We’ll be inviting audiences to feedback to the artists and we’re excited about this direct input audiences will have into our future work.”

Tickets starting from £12 per performance are on sale now. Each performance will be followed by a short Q&A with the lead artists to encourage feedback to be incorporated into future development. Find out more.

 

Updated 09.05.22

Andi Brogan joins as Dance Intern

We're delighted that the talented Andi Brogan will be joining us on a two-month paid internship through the Bridge Awards scheme. 

The Dance Development Internship was exclusively available to Dance degree students from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance at Dundee & Angus College.

Lee Lappin, Head of Sector: Creative, Cultural and Digital at Dundee & Angus College, said “This is an amazing opportunity for a recent graduate to gain hands-on industry experience and skills development from leading practitioners. Scottish School of Contemporary Dance are delighted with this partnership.”

Andi will be working on a project near and dear to her heart, aiming to get young people from across the city excited and engaged in dance - we can't wait to get started.

Engage Associate Director Jess Thorpe, said "We are so excited that Andi Brogan will be joining us as part of the Bridge Awards scheme. She will be working on a project which aims to get young people from across the city excited and engaged in dance as it is an area of her practice she is really passionate about. After the impact of Covid 19 on young people’s mental health and the knock to their confidence and self -esteem it seems to us that this work has never felt more important. We can’t wait to see what Andi will do with her Award and look forward to having her as part of our team at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre."

Updated 06.05.22

THE BOOKIES PERFORMANCE UPDATE - FRIDAY 6 MAY

 
Due to illness in the company, we are sorry to advise that today’s performance of The Bookies (Fri 6 May) is cancelled.
 
Our box office team will be contacting audience members affected and will be in touch to arrange an exchange or refund. We're sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.
 
At this time, we assume that tomorrow evening's performance will go ahead as planned.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact our box office team on [email protected].

 

Updated 29.04.22

 

Tayside Climate Beacon announces a series of free events exploring connections between communities, culture and climate activism

 

 

#ClimateBeacons #CultivateTay


The Tayside Climate Beacon network and CULTIVATE are delighted to announce the 2022 Tayside Climate Beacon free event series, happening in Arbroath, Dunkeld and Dundee, exploring the connections between communities, culture and climate action. 
 
These events will be a series of discussions, provocations and performances, unpacking urgent local climate change issues. These 3 events are great opportunities to showcase, connect and inspire on key actions to tackle local climate impacts with communities and the role that art and creativity can play.

Co-produced by Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre and Creative Dundee, the event series will be hosted by climate activist Martha Smart and will take place in partnership with ANGUSalive in Arbroath on 20 May exploring journeys and biodiversity; in partnership with the Climate Cafe Movement in Dunkeld on 10 June exploring community building; and in partnership with the V&A Dundee in Dundee, on 9 July exploring collaboration and play.

The events will include sharings of new work by local artists including Kristina Aburrow, Alex Turner and Shaper / Caper who have been paired with scientists through the James Hutton Institute to explore key environmental themes. These will feature talks and contributions from Jess Pepper (Climate Cafe Founder), Clare Cooper (Bioregioning Tayside), Joan Clevillé (Scottish Dance Theatre), Kelly Ann Dempsey (Team Leader Environment & Climate Change at Angus Council), Sustainable Kirriemuir - among others. More information on each event in Notes to editors. 

Over the past year a new network of cultural, academic and community organisations, as well as local authorities across the Tayside Bioregion have been connecting as part of the Climate Beacons for COP26 initiative run by Creative Carbon Scotland. Together they have been collaboratively exploring what role culture, art and creativity play in local climate action. The Tayside bioregion is geographically, socially and economically diverse, and Creative Dundee’s CULTIVATE pilot programme has been experimenting with new ways of embedding creativity at the core of grassroots collective action for climate justice.
 
To find out more about the event series and the Tayside Climate Beacon Network visit: www.taysideclimatebeacon.com
 
Liam Sinclair, Executive Director and Join CEO at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre said: “The Tayside area is known for our collaborative approach to making things happen, and this has definitely been borne out in the development of the Tayside Climate Beacon.  Since last August it’s been incredibly inspiring to be engaged in the meeting of different ideas, perspectives and approaches for how the communities of Tayside can help tackle the Climate Crisis and adapt to a future that will be very different.  It feels exciting to be sharing this season of events, together with our new online space for sharing work, as the next step on this important journey.”

Claire Dufour, Creative Climate Producer at Creative Dundee, project lead for CULTIVATE said: 
“Too much climate work still focuses on numbers and net zero, which can make us feel disempowered and disengaged from the most critical and pressing issues of our time. Culture, arts and creativity bring us together, bind communities, and give us hope. They offer us the permission, language and tools to imagine a better future, to challenge the status quo, and to explore new forms of actions. I’m delighted and grateful that this series of events is giving us a glimpse into some brilliant cross-disciplinary collaborations and grass-root work that is happening across the Tay region.”

Climate Beacons for COP26 is currently running until July 2022.

ARBROATH EVENT
The Webster Memorial Theatre, 64 High St, Arbroath DD11 1AW
FRIDAY, 20 May, 4pm-6pm followed by light food and drinks| Tickets on sale 29 April, 2pm.
Produced in partnership with ANGUSalive, the event in Arbroath will explore the theme of journey and leadership within community resilience and actions, and will feature presentations and sharings from: Kelly Ann Dempsey (Team Leader Environment & Climate Change at Angus Council), Emily Hutchison (Growing Leader) and Lauren Urquhart (Learning & Events Leader) from Sustainable Kirriemuir, representatives of the Arbroath FC Community Trust Youth Forum, artist Kristina Aburrow, Joan Clevillé (Artistic Director at Scottish Dance Theatre), and more.

DUNKELD EVENT
Birnam Arts, Station Rd, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0DS
FRIDAY, 10 June, 4pm-6pm followed by light food and drinks| Tickets on sale 29 April, 2pm.
In partnership with Climate Café Dunkeld & Birnam, the event in Dunkeld will explore community building through arts and creativity, for stronger and more inclusive local climate action. The discussions will feature presentations and sharings from: artist Alex Turner, Founder of the Climate Cafe movement Jess Pepper, Clare Cooper from Bioregioning Tayside, artist Taylor Waggoner and activist archaeologist at The Scottish Crannog Centre Jason Oliver - amongst others. 

DUNDEE EVENT
V&A Auditorium, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ
SATURDAY, 9 JULY, 4pm-6pm followed by light food and drinks| Tickets on sale 29 April, 2pm.
The event in Dundee will explore the role of collaboration between arts and science in climate action and will feature sharings and presentations from: Tommy Small (Shaper/Caper), Lynsey Penny (Transitions Dundee), cast members of Dundee Rep’s production OPTIMISM, and more.

 

Updated 25.04.22

Cast announced for the World Premiere of THE BOOKIES at Dundee Rep

 

Tuesday, 3 May – Saturday, 21 May 2022 

Written by Mikey Burnett & Joe McCann
Directed by Sally Reid

Image Credit: Sean Millar

Dundee Rep is delighted to announce the cast for The Bookies, a riveting new black comedy premiering on 3 May. Fresh from starring opposite each other in the Scottish Premiere of The Children, Irene Macdougall and Barrie Hunter star in the production as Michelle and Harry. Also joining from the Ensemble, Ewan Donald takes on the role of Pat, and returning to the Dundee Rep stage after making his Rep debut in Wings Around Dundee as well as starring in A Christmas Carol, Benjamin Osugo takes the stage as John.

In a rundown Edinburgh bookies staff and regular customers, Michelle, Pat, John and Harry’s lives take an unexpected turn… Shop manager Pat wonders if it is odds-on that he will lose his job. Gambling addict Harry is convinced there is a ghost in the machine. Dark forces are at work, tensions rise and accusations fly but will the truth be finally revealed? 

The Bookies is a dark thriller comedy, dealing with themes such as misogyny, racism, greed, addiction and toxic masculinity, and, with a dash of magic realism, it will see audiences on the edge of their seats, wondering who out of the four untrustworthy heroes will win, and who will lose. Get ready for a night of secrets, lies and surprises with everyone keeping their cards close to their chest. Place your bets now!

Written in East Coast dialect by two working class Scottish writers and best friends of over 20 years, Mikey Burnett and Joe McCann, the play emerged as an idea over 15 years ago. Helped by Mikey’s experience of working in the betting industry and advice from another celebrated Scottish playwright, Douglas Maxwell, The Bookies is directed by award-winning actor, director, Sally Reid, known to wider audiences from her roles in River City and Scot Squad. Dundee Rep is excited to be working with Sally once more and see her entering the world of sports again, following the success of Smile which focused on the legendary and controversial figure of Jim McLean, Dundee United’s boss.

Director Sally Reid said: “An incredible team of creative talent from the writers, actors, designers and crew are bringing The Bookies to life and it’s all very exciting.

“The play is a quick witted, fast paced dark comedy and it really takes you on a journey of discovery with the characters and lots of winning and losing along the way…”

Creative Team
Writers Mikey Burnett & Joe McCann    
Director Sally Reid        
Set/Costume Designer Kenny Miller    
Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell
Sound Designer and Composer Niroshini Thambar
Video Designer Laura Spark
Voice Coach Jean Sangster
Fight Director Raymond Short
Dramaturg Douglas Maxwell
Casting Director Michael Howell

Cast
Irene Macdougall – Michelle
Barrie Hunter – Harry
Ewan Donald – Pat
Benjamin Osugo – John 

 

 

Updated 17.02.22

Dundee Repertory Theatre granted A-listed status

 

A rare and exceptional example of post-war theatre design in Scotland has been recognised with listing status.

 

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced today (Thursday 17 February) that Dundee Repertory Theatre has been granted A-listed status for its special architectural significance.

The theatre, built in 1982, has been listed in recognition of its exceptional design quality, as well as its contribution to civic life, society and culture in Scotland in the late 20th century.

The decision follows a six-week consultation that was launched in December to gather views from people with an interest in the building.

Dara Parsons, Head of Designations at HES, said: "We are delighted to add the Dundee Repertory Theatre to the list of Scotland's most significant buildings. The building has long been recognised as an exceptional piece of architecture and an important cultural hub.

"I would like to thank those who responded to our consultation. The feedback we received emphasised the importance of Dundee Rep as a repertory theatre, and it was clear from the comments that Dundee Rep is widely appreciated as a unique and cleverly designed building that is striking both inside and outside, as well as an important cultural hub in the heart of the city’s arts quarter."

Dundee Rep's Artistic Director & Joint CEO Andrew Panton and Liam Sinclair, Executive Director & Joint CEO, said: "We are thrilled to hear that our unique and much-loved building is being considered in this way for its special architectural and historical significance. We are very proud that over the course of eight decades, Dundee Rep Theatre has been at the heart of the community here in Dundee, and for the last forty years our building on Tay Square has been instrumental to that success; becoming an important hub for engagement in the city, welcoming audiences from all over the world and housing our two award-winning dance and theatre ensembles."

Dundee Rep Theatre is a rare example of a modern purpose-built theatre in Scotland, one of only three major Scottish theatres built during the post-war theatre building boom that swept across Britain from the 1950s to the mid-1980s.

While largely dictated by the restrictions of the small site, the arrangement and geometry of the layout combines the aspirations of new post-war theatres, such as openness and accessibility, with modern design principles. The building received a civic commendation from The Civic Trust Awards in 1984 and was awarded the RIBA Architecture Award in 1986.

Associated with prominent actors and directors including David Tennant, Alan Cumming, Joanna Lumley and Robert Robertson, Dundee Rep is the only theatre in Scotland that is home to a permanent full-time company of actors.

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997. More information about listing can be found on the website.

The listed building record for Dundee Repertory Theatre can be viewed on the HES portal.

The results of the consultation can be seen on our Consultation Hub.

The article is from HES website and can be found here

For further information, please contact:

Claire Mullaney
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
Mobile: 07221 959 962
[email protected]

 

Updated 20.01.22

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre announce a thrilling spring 2022 season


From football to Kafka, from nuclear science to climate crisis – the spring 2022 season of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre live and digital shows offer a unique reflection on modern society.
 

As we enter a new year which looks to offer similar challenges for the arts industry as the one before, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre are proud to continue to invest in high-quality, inspiring  dance, theatre, music and comedy production for the people of Dundee and beyond.

Following a testing 2021 which saw Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre successfully launch their digital platform, REP STUDIOS, allowing thousands of people around the world to enjoy work produced in the heart of Tayside, and present such inspiring work as John McCann’s Wings Around Dundee, Amethyst and SINDER, both companies are thrilled to reveal 10 new productions which form their spring 2022 season and confirm that a brand new musical version of Cinderella by Lynda Radley and Michael John McCarthy will be their 2022 festive offering, following 2021’s A Christmas Carol which was met with a great reception from live and digital audiences as well as critics.

Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director Andrew Panton directs the Scottish Premiere of The Children by Lucy Kirkwood, a gripping story of two retired nuclear scientists in an isolated cottage by the sea as the world around them crumbles. This brilliant play took London and New York by storm in 2017 and was hailed as one of the top 3 in The Guardian’s recent Best Theatre shows of the 21st Century. Following the success of Smile, Sally Reid returns to the Rep to direct the world premiere of The Bookies by Michael Burnett and Joseph McCann, a black comedy thriller set in a rundown Edinburgh betting shop.

After wowing audiences in 10 countries, Scottish Dance Theatre brings the magic of The Life and Times back to REP STUDIOS as a hybrid performance presented simultaneously to audiences in the theatre and at home. Conceived by Artistic Director Joan Clevillé the show is a surreal dance journey set to a sumptuous Baroque soundtrack. The company is also delighted to announce a brand new commission with internationally acclaimed choreographer Meytal Blanaru. Ray explores the themes of connection and emergence.

Marking a big milestone for the company directed by Associate Directors (Engage) Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore, Dundee Rep Young Company presents its new devised work and its first major production: the world premiere of Optimism, a show about being young and having hope for the future against all odds – climate change, Brexit, financial crisis... The Young Company shares their ending to this story.

Alongside work produced by Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre’s ensembles, the spring season also features a range of exciting new productions made in Scotland. Following a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Fringe run in 2017, The Gardener, part-theatrical conversation, part-personal memoir, returns to offer an intimate portrait of all the minor triumphs and major tribulations of amateur gardening, and of a life-time spent in love...

Created by Vanishing Point in 2020 to rave reviews, Matthew Lenton offers his take on Kafka’s The Metamorphosis while National Theatre of Scotland and Capital Theatres co-produce the return to the James Playes with James IV – Queen of the Night by Rona Munro. PAST-inuous from Farah Saleh and collaborators offers a reflection on the ongoing Palestinian refugee crisis through a live interactive dance performance with an international in-person and digital cast.

Madness’ frontman Suggs visits Dundee to share stories from his almost half a century long music career while Horse McDonald celebrates the 30th anniversary of her ground-breaking album, The same sky. And in comedy, the unmissable Jack Docherty and Craig Hill are back in town to put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Continuing Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre’s committment to offering high-quality cultural experiences, our Engage programme presents a range of classes for participants of all ages across theatre and dance.

This year also sees Scottish Dance Theatre strengthen its international reputation, through two digital residencies focused on emerging female voices in India, and a series of online creative dance workshops for children in collaboration with Shanghai International Dance Center, led by Glasgow-based dance artist Aya Kobayashi.

Artistic Director (Dundee Rep) & Joint-Chief Executive Andrew Panton and Executive Director & Joint-Chief Executive Liam Sinclair said: “The challenges we have faced over these last 22 months have inspired us to find new ways to invest in, create and share high-quality work with our communities. We are determined to weather the pandemic storm; continuing to adapt and deliver inspiring, impactful, and innovative work for our audiences, both in-person here in Dundee and digitally throughout the world on REP STUDIOS. Together with our audience’s support, we are excited to begin 2022 with a new and exciting season of work. We look forward to welcoming you back to Dundee Rep Theatre this season.”

Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Joan Clevillé said: “I am proud of how the company has not only adapted to the challenging circumstances but seized this moment as an opportunity to create new ways of experiencing dance. From the magic of The Life and Times to the intimacy of Ray and the urgency of Farah Saleh’s PAST-inuous, this season at Dundee Rep is full of wonderful opportunities to re-discover dance with fresh eyes.”

Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore, Associate Directors (Engage) said: ”We are delighted to finally be making a live work on the Dundee Rep stage. Collaborating with young people to create performance has always been a huge part of our practice and it’s brilliant to be working with the Rep Young Company on Optimism. Considering the future and what it means to be hopeful feels like such a relevant theme just now and it’s been a rich and meaningful creative experience for all of us to think about this together. We are looking forward to sharing this brand-new work with audiences.”

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