Dogstar’s Joint Artistic Director Matthew Zajac will direct. Following four successful music theatre productions written by Dogstar’s founder and Joint Artistic Director Hamish MacDonald, The Seer represents a departure for the company into new territory, expanding its scope to embrace the work of some of Northern Scotland’s finest writers. The Seer will be the first of these productions, a truly original work and the first professionally-produced full-length play by Ali Smith.
Neil and Iona are a comfortable couple in their early thirties. They both have well-paid professional jobs in the new Highland metropolis; they dress both themselves and their home immaculately. Their lives are ordered to the point of sterility. They are smug, self-centred and bored with each other. Into their lives bursts Kirsty, Iona’s anarchic sister, who manages to turns the whole evening into a startling topsy turvy treat. Only a bit to do with Hielan’ second sight, The Seer is a contemporary comedy of manners which asks the audience to consider just what it is they are seeing; a lively, funny, satirical roller coaster about domestic perfection, free spirits and the new Scotland.
A native of Inverness, Ali Smith is an internationally acclaimed novelist and short story writer. She was included in this year’s Booker Prize shortlist for her new novel The Accidental. This is her second nomination for Britain’s foremost literary prize, her first being in 2001 for Hotel World, which also won a nomination for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She is also the recipient of the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award and is currently on the shortlist for the Whitbread Prize.