Ground-breaking theatre at Gardyne

A scene from ANA which runs at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on March 16 and 17 and coincides with the climax of the Dundee Women's Festival.

A scene from ANA which runs at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on March 16 and 17 and coincides with the climax of the Dundee Women's Festival.

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THE Gardyne Theatre in Dundee is the venue for a trans-national piece of theatre brought to the stage courtesy of Scotland’s very own Stellar Quines Theatre Company in partnership with Imago Theatre.

ANA is a ground-breaking piece of theatre inspired by the past and designed to move its audiences in a fragmented present.

While a play which pays homage to 3000-year-old goddess and is delivered in both Scots English and Canadian French, may not sound mainstream, the inherent feminism and referencing of influential and iconic woman through history should appeal to the strong matriarchal tradition found in Angus and the Mearns.

Written by Clare Duffy and Pierre-Yves Lemieux, ANA pays reverence to the ancient myth of Innana, a goddess of lust and war from around 3500BC. It sees infant ANA abandoned on a rock on the Isle of Skye then charts her various incarnations through the centuries as ANA splits into diverse manifestations superbly performed by six accomplished actors from Montreal and Scotland, including Lisa Gardner, Frances Thorburn and Selina Boyack.

Playing strong, resolute women should be no problem for Lisa, whose depiction of brideszilla Jo in TV’s River City, proved popular whilst Frances played one of Hollywood’s most dynamic yet enigmatic personalities in the shape of Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn on stage last year, and has also portrayed Scots literature favourite Miss Jean Brodie in the theatre. The show runs on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17. Tickets from 01382 434940 or www.gardynetheatre.org.uk