DUNDEE Rep Ensemble will present two plays set in Dundee in the autumn.
The Mill Lavvies by Chris Rattray, with original songs by Michael Marra will run from August 30 to September 29, and She Town by Sharman Macdonald, featuring musical arrangements by Michael Marra, will run from September 12 to 29).
The Mill Lavvies was first performed at Dundee Rep Theatre in 1998 to sell-out audiences and critical acclaim. Set in the early 1960’s in a Dundee jute mill it follows five men as they escape the work, noise and drudgery of the shop floor, sharing stories, banter and their dreams in the sanctuary of the mill lavvies over a typical working day.
The Mill Lavvies features Dundee’s own Michael Marra’s much loved songs including ‘If Dundee was Africa’ and ‘Big Wide World Beyond the Seedlies’.
Set in ‘the backies’ in the summer of 1936, She Town includes a large female cast made up of members of Dundee Rep Ensemble and community actors.
Friendships, loyalties and family ties are challenged as tensions rise among a group of Dundonian women.
Working all day in the mills to support their families whilst their ‘kettle biler’ husbands stay at home, the women find camaraderie and their voices.
As the local choir audition to sing with Paul Robeson at Caird Hall others are campaigning for the rights of the mill workers.
Many miles from Dundee the Spanish Civil war rages and will have a lasting effect on the lives of the local women.
Tickets are on sale now at Dundee Rep box office 01382 223530 or online www.dundeerep.co.uk