Black Watch, Acclaimed Scottish Drama of Soldiers in Iraq, Will Play U.S. Dates in 2011

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The National Theatre of Scotland's acclaimed production of Black Watch — inspired by interviews with soldiers who returned from war in Iraq — will return to the United States in 2011.

The production will play at Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Harman Center for the Arts (Jan. 25-Feb. 6, 2011), at the University of North Carolina (Feb. 9-13, 2011), the Texas Performing Arts series at University of Texas, Austin (Feb. 16-20, 2011) and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at the Broadway, Armory at Chicago (March 30-April 10, 2011).

The U.S. tour follows a return engagement for the production to Scotland and to London. Black Watch will play at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow (Sept. 15-Oct. 9), at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (Oct. 13-23) and the Barbican Theatre, London (Nov. 27, 2010-Jan. 22, 2011).

More 2010 and 2011 tour dates will be announced.

Here's how Black Watch is characterized by National Theatre of Scotland: "Hurtling from a pool room in Fife to an armored wagon in Iraq, Black Watch is based on interviews conducted by Gregory Burke with former soldiers who served in Iraq. Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, Black Watch reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror and what it means to make the journey home again. [Director] John Tiffany's production makes powerful and inventive use of movement, music and song to create a visceral, complex and urgent piece of theatre."

The production has now played to over 113,000 people across three continents and has garnered 22 awards. Most recently the production won four Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Director, Best Theatre Choreography, Best Play and Best Sound Design. The company won its first U.S. award with the New York Drama Critics Circle naming Black Watch Best Foreign Play. Black Watch finished its 2008 world tour at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn in December 2008, having previously played at venues and festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Glenrothes, Glasgow, London, Toronto, Virginia, Wales, Salford, Coventry and Dublin.

In 2007 the production played to audiences in Los Angeles, New York, Pitlochry, Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dingwall, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The production premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2006 at the University of Edinburgh Drill Hall.

The original creative team will reunite to bring Black Watch back to the stage, and there will be an entirely new cast for the 2010 and 2011 tour.

The troupe will feature Chris Starkie (Stewarty), Richard Rankin (Granty), Scott Fletcher, Ian Pirie (Officer/Lord Elgin), Keith Fleming (Writer/Sergeant), Ross Anderson (Rossco), Jack Lowden (Cammy), Jamie Quinn (Fraz) and Stuart Martin (Nabsy).

The creative team includes associate director of movement Steven Hoggett, associate director of music Davey Anderson, set designer Laura Hopkins, costume designer Jessica Brettle, lighting designer Colin Grenfell, sound designer Gareth Fry, video designers Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for Fifty Nine Productions Ltd.

National Theatre of Scotland's <i>Black Watch</i>
National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch
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