Dundee Rep Ensemble presents


Sat 18 Feb 2023 - Sat 11 Mar 2023

Writer Philip Differ
Director Sally Reid


from £15



Warning: Contains strong language

Dundee Rep Ensemble presents
Sat 18 Feb - Sat 11 Mar

Football visionary, tactical genius, greetin’-faced moan – who was the real Jim McLean?

After sell-out live performances and international digital tour in 2020/21, audience favourite Smile is back! 

Jim McLean might never be called one of Scottish football’s bestloved characters, but he will always be described as one of the most respected. While boss of Dundee United, McLean did something that no-one thought possible, and turned a provincial football club into a genuine, European force, though not without cost.

Smile, a piece based on the life of this legendary football icon, reveals for the first time the complexities and contradictions, the highs and lows, and the triumphs and regrets of this totally unique individual.

Penned by theatre and television writer Philip Differ (Only an Excuse?) and directed by Sally Reid, this funny, moving and surprisingly honest new play will celebrate the memories of a difficult yet inspirational man, ultimately revealing a Jim McLean you never knew: A Jim McLean that will make you smile.

A tribute to the legendary Jim McLean who sadly passed away in December 2020.

Warning: Contains strong language

Captioned and BSL Interpreted performances:
Wednesday 1 March 2023 at 7.30pm 
Saturday 4 March 2023 at 2.30pm

Audio Described performances:
Thursday 9 March 2023 at 7.30pm 
Saturday 11 March 2023 at 2.30pm

Relaxed performances:
Relaxed performances are adapted for audience members who want a more relaxed environment, loud noises and strobe are omitted, house lights are not fully dimmed and people are more free to move about. For more information, please speak to a member of the box office team.
Tuesday 7 March at 7:30pm

Writer Philip Differ
Director Sally Reid
Set & Costume Designer Kenny Miller
Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell
Sound Designer Fi Johnston
Dramaturgical Support Finn Den Hertog

'Dramatic love letter to Scottish football'
⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Herald

'Barrie Hunter's performance as the legendary Jim McLean is remarkable'
⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Scotsman

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