Drama Dogstar Theatre in "Jacobite Country"- Tuesday 7th Sept. 8pm, 2 hours including interval, age 12+
Jacobite Country is an alternative Highlands – still the same beautiful scenery, but the locals tend to live in council houses, drive their clapped out cars very fast and drink in bars with Confederate flags on the wall. The play debunks a raft of Highland clichés and might instigate some more. This brilliant ensemble piece by Wick-born Henry Adam is performed in a direct, irreverent style which challenges perceptions of mental illness and poverty while making people laugh.
In recent years, Dogstar has established itself as one of Scotland's leading touring theatre companies. It is based in Inverness, one of Europe’s fastest growing small cities. Its productions tour throughout Scotland and internationally. Its work springs directly from the Highlands’ defining characteristics: a stunningly beautiful and harsh natural landscape; a tumultuous and marginalised history; a shifting and changing population; a vibrant oral and musical tradition. These productions endeavour to speak to audiences in the Highlands and beyond using some of Scotland’s best actors, musicians, writers, directors and designers.
Acclaimed Wick-born playwright Henry Adam is one of Scotland's leading playwrights. Dogstar produced his play 'e Polish Quine in 2007 and the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh has produced three of his plays, Among Unbroken Hearts, Petrol Jesus Nightmare No 5 and The People Next Door. His plays have toured abroad, and have had several foreign-language productions, winning a number of awards. Jacobite Country is also slated for an Edinburgh Fringe run followed by a five-week Scottish tour in September/October. the play will feature a cast of five and will be directed by Matthew Zajac. Dogstar is delighted that the show will be designed by Ulla Karlsson, a talented designer from Umea in Northern sweden, where she is resident designer for the brilliant independent theatre group Profilteatern.
Ulla's participation in Jacobite Country is part of Dogstar's developing relationship with two companies in Northern Sweden, Profilteatern and Vasterbottensteatern.