Published: 11/02/2016 10:49 - Updated: 11/02/2016 11:00

The Tailor comes home

Mathew Zajac as The Tailor of Inverness
Mathew Zajac as The Tailor of Inverness

ACCLAIMED play The Tailor of Inverness, which sold out for three weeks in April last year at New York’s Brits Off Broadway Festival, is returning to the north of Scotland.

Inverness-born actor and writer Mathew Zajac’s biographical play, based on his father’s journey from occupied Poland to a new life in the Highlands, will celebrate its 250th performance next month at Birmingham Rep on March 5, but the tour begins with a series of dates across the north, including three home town performances at Eden Court on Friday and Saturday.

2015 was a year of mixed fortunes for Dogstar Theatre Company, the Inverness theatre company co-run by Zajac which produced the play.

Joint artistic director and founder Hamish MacDonald resigned from the company due to funding setbacks and this meant no new production was possible during last year.

Remaining artistic director Zajac decided to remain in position in the hope that future funding would be forth coming and the good news is that a new project grant has been awarded by Creative Scotland for Dogstar to co-produce Mungo Park: Travels in the Interior of Africa by Martin Lyngbo & Thor Bjorn Krebs.

The co-production is with Mungo Park Arts Centre of Denmark, one of Scandinavia’s leading theatre companies. Under Martin Lyngbo’s leadership, the centre in the Copenhagen suburb of Allerod has won numerous awards and now has an annual subscription membership of over 5000.

Mungo Park: Travels in the Interior of Africa tells the story of the Scottish doctor who charted large parts of the River Niger during two expeditions in 1795 and 1805.

A combined Danish/Scottish cast will present an irreverent tragi-comic adventure for audiences in Scotland and Scandinavia.

The production is scheduled to open in Copenhagen in late June prior to running at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe during August and touring Scotland in September, followed by Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland in spring 2017.

The Tailor of Inverness can be seen at the following venues: Eden Court, Inverness at 7.30pm on Friday Febrary 12 and 2pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 13 February; Portsoy Town Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 16; Crathes Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17; Kemnay Village Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 18; New Pitsligo Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 19; and Lumsden Village Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday 20.

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