RAPTURE THEATRE COMPANY Making the Artistic Popular and the Popular Artistic
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Rapture Theatre's Next Production
by John Byrne
Rapture Theatre and Mull Theatre, in association with the Tolbooth, are delighted to present Uncle Varick, John Byrne’s contemporary adaptation of Chekov’s classic Uncle Vanya.
Relocated to 1960’s rural Scotland, Uncle Varick is the moving yet humorous story of what happens when the rock and roll of swinging sixties London collides with the rock and moss of remote Scotland.
It follows Sandy Sheridan, pretentious art critic and self proclaimed cultural icon, who returns from London to his Scottish country pile - with his new, much younger, wife in tow. Waiting for him are his stoical daughter Shona and his acerbic ex-brother in law: Uncle Varick. Add in the handsome local doctor and the not so handsome neighbour and you have a play full of comedy, jealousy, pathos, passion and lust – and not forgetting some very dodgy chain saws.
The play has a top quality cast of Scottish actors led by Jimmy Chisholm (Para Handy, High Road), alongside DaveAnderson (City Lights / Gregory’s Girl), John Stahl (High Road and seasons at the RSC), George Anton (Hamlet at EIF and “Law and Order” ), Steve Fitzgerald(Shang – a Lang ), Maureen Carr (Still Game and NTS), Ashley Smith (Scot Squad and TheSash ), Anne Kidd (Shetland) and Selina Boyack (CATS Award Nominee).
Set against a sensational sixties soundtrack, arranged and performed by Dave ‘Wildcat’ Anderson, Uncle Varick is an entertaining and thought provoking night out.
“I welcome Rapture's brand new production of my 'Uncle Varick' with open arms, not only because it's the first revival since it premiered in 2004, but to witnessing what sounds like a really terrific cast giving the old bugger a theatrical 'kiss of life' - Bravo, Michael Emans!”
John Byrne (writer of Tutti Frutti & The Slab Boys)
Presented by Rapture Theatre, Scotland’s premier touring company, Uncle Varick continues its reputation for combining quality and populism with a fantastic cast of Scottish performers bringing the humour and drama of the script to thrilling life.
Press Night : Wednesday 30 April at East Kilbride Village Theatre
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Rapture Theatre works with a number of funders and partners . We have produced shows with Greenwich Theatre in London, The Byre Theatre in St.Andrews, The Citizens and Tron Theatres in Glasgow and more recently Carnegie Hall in Dunfermilne. We have toured our work all over the United Kingdom . We have collaborated with a number of Scotland's leading stage and screen artists.
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