Smile in Virtual Reality

Smile in Virtual Reality

Smile in Virtual Reality

Mon 20 Mar 2023 - Fri 01 Mar 2024




Monday 20 Mar 2023 - Friday 01 March 2024

Tickets available from 20 March.

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!

And this time it's also in VR!

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Tickets available from 20 March. Find out more.


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

Jim McLean Barrie Hunter
Jimmy Chris Alexander
Writer Philip Differ
Director Sally Reid
Set & Costume Designer Kenny Miller
Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell
Sound Designer Fi Johnston
Dramaturgical Support Finn Den Hertog
VR Filming by Neon8 ( )
Production photos Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

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

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

Watch our Smile Teaser from Tannadice in Virtual Reality!

Meet Jim McLean in Virtual Reality!