A Right Lines Production
Directed by Mark Saunders
Written by Euan Martin and Dave Smith
with music by Adam Ross
Jane/ Shop woman /Narrator……..…….Deborah Arnott
Bob/ Narrator…………….…………….….…………Ross Allan
Harry/ Narrator………………………………..……John Kielty
Alan/Narrator/Old Man..…….………………Kevin Lennon
Catherine/ Sue/ Narrator…………………..Amy McGregor
Adam…………………………….…….(as himself)Adam Ross
Crew and Creative team
Musical Director……………………………………John Kielty
Stage Manager………………..……..…………..Mick Andrew
Stage Manager………………..…..……………Brian Gorman
Tour Booking…………………………….……….Lucy Conway
Accommodation Booking………..Rural Touring Agency
Set/ Props……………………….…….……..………Dave Smith
Publicity Design…………………..……………Trish O’ Grady
with thanks to all the staff at NTS Rockvilla, the staff at Eden Court,
Calum Martin for sound engineering assistance and Brian Smith for additional set building.
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THEATRE APPEARANCES The Time Machine (Scientific Romantic Theatre Co.) The Weir Sisters (Oran Mor); Diary of a Mad Man (The Gate Theatre) Tracks of The Winter Bear (Traverse Theatre); Caucasian Chalk Circle (The Lyceum Theatre); Mammoth (Kuopio Theatre Finland); Museum of Dreams (TAG/ Citizens Theatre); Mother Courage and her Children, The Cherry Orchard (Benchtours); Hairy Maclary (Nonsenseroom Productions); Molly Whuppie, The Hare and the Tortoise (Wee Stories); Lickety Leap (Lickety Spit); Ecstasy (Ravens Twilight); Pygmalion (Tour de Force); The Scaldie Hoose (Theatre Workshop).
TELEVISION RiverCity (BBC); Taggart (STV); The End of Story, The Sword and The Cross, That Old One (BBC).
AWARDS Nominated for ‘Best Actress’, The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence, Edinburgh Fringe (Mammoth.) Best Ensemble- CAT awards (Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Lyceum.) OTHER CREDITS Deborah also writes, plays banjo and sings in the band ‘Blueflint.’ Blueflint recorded their third album Stories from Home with renowned producer Paul Savage (King Creosote, From Scotland with Love) released in 2015. Blueflint toured as support to The Proclaimers on their nationwide ‘Like Comedy,’ tour.
Since graduating from Queen Margaret University College (BA in Acting)Ross has had the pleasure of working extensively in Theatre, Television
and Radio both in Scotland and internationally. Theatre highlights include working with The National Theatre of Scotland, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Grid Iron, Oran Mor and Eden Court.
TV and Radio credits include working with BBC Scotland and STV.
Ross is delighted to be working with Right Lines again having appeared as ‘Eric’ in their 2016 Scottish tour of ‘Rapid Departure”.
Theatre: The Belle’s Stratagem, (Royal Lyceum) Sunshine Ghost (Festival Theatre) Roman Bridge, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, To Begin (NTS) The Lion,The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Cherry Orchard, Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Venetian Twins, Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Royal Lyceum). Hansel and Gretel, Doctor Faustus, A Christmas Carol (Citizens) Whatever Gets You Through the Night (Arches) The Bible: Abridged (Reduced Shakespeare) The Cone Gatherers (His Majesties Aberdeen) Frances & Ethel, A Terrible Beauty, Sunset Boulevard, The Real Mrs Sinatra, Cinderella 2 (Oran Mor) TV and Film: One Life Stand, River City and Outlander.
CREATIVE BIOG: John is a writer and a composer. He co-wrote the top 5 selling album Seven Years Ten Weeks in 2003. He is one of the Kielty Brothers who wrote the opening number for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. They have written several award winning musicals: Sundowe (Winner of Cameron Mackintosh’s Highland Quest 2008) Greyfriar’s Twisted Tales (Spirit of the Fringe 2008) Mercy Madonna of Malawi (Spirit of the Fringe/UNESCA Festival of Light 2009) and a trilogy of musicals for RCS: Confessions of a Justified Songwriter, Active Virgin and Wasted Love (Best Lyrics MTM Awards plus nominations for Best Score, Book and Best New Musical.) They also created the hit musical The 27 Club (St Pauli Theatre, Hamburg) and contributed several songs to Glasgow Girls (NTS). Currently he is developing a new piece about the first female medical students: The Edinburgh Seven and developing Wasted Love for TV.
Theatre Scores include: The Belle’s Stratagem (Royal Lyceum) The Cone Gatherers (His Majesties Aberdeen) Cinderella 2 (Oran Mor) Ma Bit (Toonspeak) Tin Forest: Ash and Ember (NTS) The Satire of the Three Estates (A&BC Productions) Educating Agnes (Theatre Babel) Aladdin, Lovers, Sleeping Beauty (Cumbernauld Theatre) Merlin The Magnificent (Royal Lyceum) Why Do You Stand There in the Rain (Pepperdine University) Medea’s Children (Lung Has/Unga Klara
Kevin, originally from Dumfries & Galloway, trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College. He has worked extensively as an actor, musician and composer throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally and is delighted to be doing another Highlands and Islands tour. He has recently appeared in The Deep (10 Foot Tall Theatre) Winter Wonders: A Mini Musical (Letter J/Cumbernauld), I Love You In Danish, Dusty Won’t Play (Oran Mor), Charlie Sonata (Royal Lyceum) Drunk Enough To Say I Love You ? (Citizens) and Armchair Detectives (BBC).
Amy graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2013 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Drama.
Theatre credits include: Up To Speed (National Theatre of Scotland/Catherine Wheels), Moon Dog (Carnegie Hall Studio), Molly Whuppie (Lickety Spit), The Voice Thief (Catherine Wheels, Primary Times – Children’s Choice Award, Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland Award – Best production for Children and Young People), Lifeboat (Catherine Wheels), The Tin Forest (National Theatre of Scotland), Sports Day (Citizens Theatre) and The Libertine (Citizens Theatre)
Amy is delighted to be playing the fiddle to the music of Randolph’s Leap alongside the rest of the cast in this fun production of The Isle of Love.
Nairn-born Adam Ross is the songwriter and singer behind Randolph’s Leap, a shapeshifting musical entity that can range from a solo act to an 8-piece band. The music is defined by buoyant energy and catchy melodies, held together with tenuous rhyming couplets, self-deprecating, humorous lyrics and unexpected tender moments. “Pop music for unpopular people” is the description favoured by the band. Randolph’s Leap have shared an extensive and beloved back catalogue via Scottish DIY labels Lost Map and Olive Grove Records and release a brand new album, ‘Worryingly Okay’, on 25th May 2018. Recent years have seen the band nurture a dedicated cult following having curated a series of sell-out music and comedy events titled ‘I Can’t Dance To This Music’, featured Michael Fish in a video for their song ‘Weatherman’, recorded repeat sessions on BBC 6Music and performed across the UK including a solo tour with James Yorkston (Domino Records).
Mark is a Graduate of Durham University, (BA. Gen. Arts). His first professional work was with Theatre Workshop in Edinburgh. 1977 – 79. He studied at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris, and then returned to Scotland to resume his professional career. Throughout the 80’s Mark worked as a freelance teacher, director, deviser and performer, touring widely both in UK and abroad. He served on the SAC Dance and Mime panel and received several SAC awards and bursaries. Mark devised a variety of work, both solo and with others. These included a two-hander version of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and a one-man show about the life of Charlie Chaplin. Mark has performed at many Edinburgh Festivals, and festivals in London, Amsterdam, Germany, Denmark and Hong Kong. He was Artist-in-residence at the Glasgow Garden Festival 1988, and resident performer at Glasgow’s Glasgow (1990 City of Culture year). he has also undertaken extensive work in the corporate entertainment sector, including Trade Fairs in Europe and the States. Between 1992 – 2009, Mark was a full-time Lecturer in Movement at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow. During this time, he directed many plays, both classical and modern with some of these productions invited to Warsaw Theatre Academy and to the Essen Student Shakespeare Festival. Mark directed RSAMD entries to the Sam Wanamaker Festival at the Globe Theatre, London. He also directed the award-winning The Accidental Death of an Accordionist, The Wedding, Who Bares Wins and Rapid Departure for Right Lines Theatre Company. 2009 – 2017, Mark was head of the MA in Classical and Contemporary Text programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a one-year postgraduate programme in acting and directing. He has been Chair of the Board for several Scottish-based theatre companies, including Benchtours, VoxMotus and Terra Incognita.
MICK has been involved with touring theatre shows, many in the Highlands & Islands providing illumination and other technical services for nearly 35 years. Tours have been with 7:84, Mull Theatre, Scottish Opera-Go-Round, Highland Festival, Tosg Gaelic Theatre and Communicado amongst others. Previous shows with Right Lines include Whisky Kisses, Be Silent or be Killed and both Rapid Departure tours. He also regularly works on numerous festivals including over 20 years at Glastonbury, T-in-the-Park and every Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Pyromaniac tendencies were developed by running the Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival during the mid 90s and are continued with his fire sculpture company “Skyefyre” who are regulars at Glastonbury & Edinburgh.
Free until the age of five, then captured by the educational system, Brian emerged into the virtual world with a degree in civil engineering. He then worked as a Hollywood rigger before theatre work began to sporadically interrupt his life over the last twenty years. Brian has worked for numerous theatre and dance companies touring all over the UK and internationally. He has toured extensively in the Highlands & Islands with Cartoon Theatre and he has also been Technician/Production Manager on all Right Lines’ shows. He likes smiling!
Kay graduated in drawing and painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 1983. Since then she has worked in theatre as an artist with companies including Welfare State, Fablevision, Edinburgh Puppets, and Arts in Motion. She has costumed for several Right Lines productions: The Wedding, The Accidental Death of an Accordionist, Who Bares Wins, From These Parts, Be Silent or Be Killed and most recently Rapid Departure. She lives in the Highlands and is delighted to be once again working with the company.
Based on the Isle of Eigg, Lucy has worked with Right Lines on many of its productions over the years. When she’s not wrangling tour schedules or messing around with spreadsheets for Right Lines, Lucy combines her freelance arts producer work with hosting artists in Sweeney’s Bothy and working in Eigg’s Primary School. She can’t imagine living anywhere better than on a Hebridean island!
Sheena Miller has more than 12 years’ experience working in the arts in the Highlands and Islands (both with Mull Theatre and subsequently Comar, on the Isle of Mull), as programme manager, tour booker, project support and marketing officer. Freelance since August 2016, she has provided project support for the Argyll Youth Arts Hub Festival, and A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company’s Common Ground, and has booked tours in Scotland and Ireland for Waves by Alice Mary Cooper, and One Man Shoe by Clive Andrews. She also has 20 years’ experience professional copy editing and proofreading.
Lindsay Dunbar has more than a decade’s worth of experience in delivering cultural and cross-sector events/projects. Founder of Play Pieces Arts, she is a leading rural theatre innovator. Through her work the Touring Network (formerly PAN), Firefly Productions, Fèis Rois, Inverness Old Town Art and the Cromarty Film Festival she has extensive experience of engaging with audiences across rural communities as well as developing cultural and social enterprise networks. Recent freelance work has included projects with Grid Iron, Fuel Theatre, Pròiseact nan Ealan, Eden Court Theatre and Clod Ensemble. She has recently been announced as a Clore Fellow for 2017/18 which is the 14th cohort of cultural leaders to go through the eight-month tailored leadership development programme.
Dave Smith and Euan Martin first met up in the percussion section of the ground-breaking Aberdeen electric ceilidh band “The Reel Aliens” in the mid-80s. Today, hundreds of bands play for ceilidh dances every weekend across Scotland, but it was “The Reel Aliens” that pioneered the fusion of rock and ceilidh music with the use of electric instruments and drum and bass rhythm section. The band led the field in popularising the “new wave” ceilidh, bringing the music and dancing to a much wider and younger audience. After the demise of the band, Dave and Euan pursued other interests and their career paths took very different directions, wending through a variety of occupations: social worker, wagon train operative, circus hand, oil worker, ceilidh consultant and theatre designer.
Many years later, when Dave was searching for a follow-up to his successful Highland Festival commission Hard Pressed a comedy about the aphrodisiac qualities of Islay cheese, Euan dusted down notes for an interactive comedy ceilidh murder mystery show which had been lying in a drawer for 10 years. Their first writing collaboration, commissioned by the Highland Festival resulted in The Accidental Death of an Accordionist which toured the Highlands & Islands to great acclaim in 2001 and re-toured in 2002. A second interactive comedy, The Wedding, was equally well-received during a tour in 2002. Both shows played to sell-out audiences during a week-long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Highland Festival won the “Visionary Sponsorship” award at the Arts and Business Awards 2002 for its production of The Accidental Death of an Accordionist in partnership with Diageo.
As a result of these successful collaborations, Dave and Euan decided to form their own company, Right Lines Productions, as a vehicle for their new work. In 2013, they celebrated 10 years of writing, producing and touring new theatre in Scotland.
RIGHT LINES PROJECTS
The first commission for Right Lines again came from The Highland Festival. One for the Road – a short play on the theme of whisky was commissioned as part of a four piece show Miniatures which toured during the Highland Festival, June 2004.
Who Bares Wins (2004)
The first major tour organised by the company was Who Bares Wins – a two-hander theatre show inspired by the Naked Rambler. A 15-date tour of the Highlands & Islands and North-East took place in December 2004, with funding support from Highlands and Islands Producers Fund. Cast: Ron Emslie, Alyth McCormack. Director Mark Saunders, Stage Manager Brian Gorman.
This show garnered great reviews from audiences everywhere and needless to say, the subject matter generated a lot of interest from the media! The show was featured on TV – BBC Scotland’s Reporting Scotland covered it twice – and radio: Good Morning Scotland, Newsdrive, BBC Radio Scotland, MFR, NECR and Broadcasting House, Radio 4 all featured the show. The P&J ran several stories on the production and it appeared in several other local and national papers – and even made it to Page 3 in The Sun! It also attracted some controversy when two Highland schools felt unable to stage a performance!
Watching Bluebottles (2005)
The next production by the company was Watching Bluebottles – a one-man theatre show. This project was funded jointly by the Highlands & Islands Producers Fund, Awards For All, MBSE, NEAT and The Moray Council. The show toured to selected venues in the North-East in Spring 2005 and following this “pilot” project, a much wider tour took place in November 2005. Watching Bluebottles is a one-man show based on the life of a village hall- keeper. “Heaters, lights, keys… is that me done now?” The old hall keeper recites his daily mantra as he prepares for one last bash – his own retirement party. After years of service behind the scenes, the hall keeper turns the tables and takes us beyond the mundane chair-stacking and sweeping up to reveal a world of passion, pathos and life-changing experiences.
Illicit is a fast-paced comedy show about hard-nosed ambition, illicit whisky and perfume! Scotching the rumour that business start-up is singularly dull, Illicit neatly blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality with a deluxe blend of interactive comedy, mission statements and technical wizardry – 100% proof that the show will be a barrel of laughs! This one-woman show was commissioned by HIE Moray and toured during the Spirit of Speyside festival in 2006.
Whisky Kisses (2005 – 2010)
Right Lines’ musical Whisky Kisses progressed to the final of “Eden Court’s Highland Quest for a new Musical” competition which began in 2005. The final in Ullapool took place in July 2006 and our production finished a very close second to the winning show The Sundowe. Following several development workshops in 2007 and a student production by RSAMD in 2008, a full production of Whisky Kisses was funded by SAC and toured Scotland in May 2010.
The Big Shop (2007)
We were approached by Symon MacIntyre of Puppet Lab, Edinburgh to write two short shows for a new version of his Big Shop project, held in Inverness in October 2007.
Belladrum Festival (2007)
We were commissioned by Joe Gibbs from Belladrum Festival to write a 2 minute advert for the 2007 festival. Safe Listening can be viewed on YouTube!
The Accidental Death of an Accordionist (2008)
Collaboration with Mull Theatre led to a nine week SAC-funded Scottish tour of Accidental Death in summer 2008, including a three week fringe run in Edinburgh.
The Great Tartan Haggis of Tooriebrochan! (2009)
Awards For All assisted the funding of this community project which involved a community cast, two professional actors and three Moray primary schools.
Whisky Kisses (2010)
A major Scottish tour of Whisky Kisses took place in May 2010. Starring Alyth McCormack, George Drennan, Ron Emslie, Paul Harper-Swan, Nathalie Toyne, Masashi Fujimoto, Trevor Allan Davies and Kinny Gardiner. Director – Ian Grieve, Musical Director Karen MacIver.
Right Lines Productions curated a new writing project for online radio plays. We commissioned five Highland writers to deliver five 10 minute radio plays. These were recorded and released on line on the Northings website – www.northings.com Morrison’s Van, our contribution to the project – was released on 1st October 2011 in a four-part mini-serial over consecutive days. Starring Ron Emslie, Helen Mackay, Garry Collins and Morna Young.
HI-Wireless was re-launched in 2012 with support from Creative Scotland and Screen HI. There will 10 writing slots available to new writers and a piece written by Dave Smith of Right Lines.
Blood from a Stone (2011)
We were commissioned to write a 45 minute solo piece for the Play Pieces lunchtime theatre season in Inverness. Blood from a Stone starred Elgin actor Garry Collins.
From These Parts (2012)
An Alien Abduction comedy funded by Northern Scottish Touring Fund, From These Parts toured in the North-East, Moray and the Highlands & Islands in June 2012. Starring Ron Emslie, Helen Mackay, Ewan Donald and Vari Sylvester. Director – Ian Grieve.
Hall Tales (2013)
This cross-generational community project will involve the establishment of film-making workshops in association with six Moray Village halls. The young film-makers will interview and record stories about the local village halls with senior members of the community and present the results in an exhibition/event which will coincided with a performance of Watching Bluebottles, a revival of the 2005 show starring Ron Emslie once again as the Hallkeeper. This project ran from November 2012 – end of March 2013. Funder by Moray Leader and Awards for All.
Be Silent or Be Killed (2013)
Following on from an initial workshop funded by National Theatre of Scotland, we adapted Roger Hunt’s book Be Silent or Be Killed, for the stage. This is the extraordinary story of a North-East banker who was trapped in his hotel room, fighting for his life during the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. Be Silent or Be Killed was funded by Creative Scotland and toured in May 2013. Starring James Mackenzie, Ewan Donald and Helen Mackay. Director – Ian Grieve.
Whisky Kisses (2014)
Whisky Kisses was selected as the flagship production of Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s 2014 summer season. The script has now been published by StageScripts and is available to amateur and professional companies.
Rapid Departure (2015) – CS-funded interactive comedy which toured the H&Is and North of Scotland to great popular acclaim.
Rapid Departure (2016) – thanks to a generous sponsorship package from SEPA/Scottish Government, plus additional support from CS, Rapid Departure re-toured in central and south Scotland in March 2016. This production won the Arts and Business Scotland award for Innovation (2017).
Charity Begins (2018) a one woman show touring to residential homes in Forres and Aberdeen as part of a pilot project.
Right Lines Productions also presented a number of workshops in connection with the Masters & Champions programme at Moray Art Centre throughout the summer of 2012. This included Comedy sketch-writing, film-making and Cartoon Theatre-style animation workshops. We have also contributed to the Scottish Drama Training Network programme at Eden Court and Dundee Rep.
We took part in the first Culture Day in Forres in September 2013 and will be involved in with Findhorn Bay Arts with future projects.
Further details on all productions are available on – Facebook – RightLinesPro and Twitter – RightLinesPro. And on the company website