Reviews for Be Silent or Be Killed
The Herald “…a tense hour-long thriller ….ambitiously realised”
Scotsman ” …intensely vivid..” Joyce McMillan
Inverness Courier “…a taut thriller, but one that has more interesting things to say about the psychology of an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary events than a 1000 Hollywood blockbusters could ever manage.”
Annals of Edinburgh Stage “…impressive multi- media production.” Thomas Dibdin
Fringe Review Scotland “…a thought provoking evening of quality theatre” – Donald C Stewart
Dumfermline Press “…effortlessly powerful and refreshingly fast-paced….there is nothing bad that can be said about this short, sharp and serious production.” – Jen Bowden
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This tour has been made possible thanks to a Creative Scotland – Quality Arts Production investment award. The company is also receiving great support from Eden Court and the new show will open in the One Touch Theatre on Friday 3rd May 2013. The Lemon Tree Aberdeen has also supported this project from its inception and the tour will close at the Lemon Tree on 24th & 25th May 2013.
Right Lines is the driving force behind a new cross-generational film-making and reminiscence project in Moray. The Hall Tales Project will aim to enhance social inclusion and community involvement in rural areas by innovatively combining an original theatre show with a multi-media exhibition of recollections from local communities.
A series of young people’s film-making workshops will be established in selected village halls in Moray. Stories and tales relating to their own halls and local area will be gathered from senior members of the community during reminiscence sessions, with the young people interviewing and recording the contributors.
The resulting materials will be collated and presented in an exhibition which will be timed to coincide with a performance of Watching Bluebottles, a one man play about the life of a village hallkeeper.
“Hall Tales is a unique way of encouraging community involvement and co-operation in a project that spans the generations – and we can’t wait to get started. Great enthusiasm for the idea was shown by Moray Leader and that inspired us to secure match-funding from Awards For All. We also received support from the Arts Council for Moray and Right Lines will also make in-kind contributions to the project. A relatively small amount of private sponsorship is also required to complete the funding package.”
Meetings have taken place with the six participating halls – Craigellachie, Dyke, Portessie, Kinloss, Rafford and Alves – and the hall committees are spreading the word about Hall Tales and helping to identify potential interviewees. However, for the camera-shy, there is still the chance to contribute to the exhibition because old photos, newspaper cuttings and artefacts relating to events or activities at the local hall are all welcome. Old cine film or video clips would be particularly exciting and people are being encouraged to plunder family archives and contact local museums and libraries in the search for material.
A professional film-maker has been appointed to co-ordinate and run the film-making groups and the project will commence in November 2012, culminating in the exhibitions and play performances at the end of March 2013.
Watching Bluebottles was first performed in 2005 during two short tours round the Highlands and the North-East.
“The show actually had its world premiere at Miltonduff Hall, so it is great to be bringing it back to Moray once again. It is the ideal theatre piece for this project as the play is set in a village hall and concerns village halls. Although the story is fictional and the character of the hallkeeper is an “Everyman” figure in terms of village hall life, the show is adapted to the layout of each specific venue and uses the whole hall as the stage. In this way, each performance of the play will be unique to the individual hall in which it takes place. The audience remains “invisible” as the hallkeeper moves around reminiscing and recalling memories from times gone by. The show will definitely resonate with anyone who has ever been involved with a village hall committee, or indeed anyone who has simply attended a village hall function.
“We are very fortunate to have Ron Emslie in the role of the Hall Keeper once more. He is currently appearing in a West End show called The Last Session with Darren Day, but he is committed to working with Right Lines again. Ron recently starred as Willy Loman in Perth Theatre’s Death of a Salesman and he has performed in several Right Lines shows over the years.”
If anyone would like to support Hall Tales through sponsorship or donation, please contact Right Lines Productions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07540 049865.
THIS PROJECT IS BEING PART-FINANCED BY THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT AND THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY MORAY LEADER 2007- 2013 PROGRAMME.
Euan Martin Right Lines Productions February 2013
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We have been running animation workshops with CartoonTheatre at Moray Art Centre as part of the Masters and Champions project.
The summer tour of “FROM THESE PARTS” is now completed! We had a great time touring all over Aberdeenshire, Moray, the Highlands and the Western Isles. Thanks to all promoters who took the show. The production was very well-received and judging by the hundreds of feedback forms we gathered in, the public rated From These Parts very highly!
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Right Lines is a writer-led theatre company based in Alves in the North of Scotland run by Euan Martin and Dave Smith. We have written, produced and toured a number of original shows in the last few years. The site has numerous examples of our work, past, present and future. We are open to bribery and commission, so please get in touch if you are interested in our work!