Tony has designs on bringing crime to Eden Court
A FORMER Inverness journalist has set his sights on the Highland capital for some murder and mayhem.
Tony Black, a four-times Crime Writers Association Dagger nominated crime author, will unveil his first stage play next month.
The Ringer — a bitter-sweet revenge tragedy — will open at the century-old Gaiety Theatre in Ayr on Wednesday 11th February, with plans to take it further afield.
"We’ve got a fabulous cast together and it’s such an incredible production that we are committed to taking The Ringer further," Black said.
"I’d love to take it to Inverness, there’s a great interest in the arts throughout the Highlands and Eden Court would be the perfect venue. We’re still finalising the launch in Ayr but watch this space!"
Black, who normally sets his crime novels in Edinburgh, moved the action west to Glasgow.
"Tartan noir is hugely popular and we’re expecting the story to go down well in a theatre setting," Black added.
"We’re opening in Burns Country and I’m sure Rabbie would have approved of our femme fatale who drives the blokes crazy."
The Ringer stars Ayr panto regular Chris Taylor and Scottish and New York raised actress Evelyn Adams, a former classmate of Inverness’s own Karen Gillan at the famous Italia Conti acting school in London.
They play a mismatched couple whose plans for a better life, funded by the proceeds of a local gangster’s safe, soon start to unravel as past misdeeds prove impossible to outrun.
"There’s a betting scam on at the Gold Cup and when crime and money come together it’s never pretty," Taylor said.
"The writing’s great, there’s real humour amidst the grit and although you wouldn’t want to be friends with any of the characters they’re impossible to ignore."
Based on an original novella by 42-year-old Black, The Ringer will run at Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre for two nights, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th February at 7.30pm.
Black, who has also written the non-crime novels His Father’s Son and The Last Tiger, could soon see his work on screen as well as the stage.
His novel Long Time Dead is currently being adapted for the screen by director and former Skids frontman Richard Jobson.
Black’s website is www.tonyblack.net