The Swallow Theatre near Whithorn has launched its autumn season, which starts on 3 & 4 September with a new play performed by a cast of five. ‘Clouds’ is set in 1913 and a young woman learns to fly during Britain’s last glorious summer, weathering the chaos of friends and family, the suffragette movement, a glorious garden party and far too much nephology – the study of clouds. Time & Again Theatre Company explore all things historical in ways that are fresh and relevant for today, and are thrilled to be visiting Dumfries and Galloway for the first time.
The programme continues on 11 September with a comedic and nostalgic storytelling double bill: ‘Looking for Wolverhampton’s Latin Quarter and The Cavalry Twill Incident’. This promises to be a gentle, warm-hearted evening that will particularly appeal to those who remember the 1970s.
On 19 September The Budapest Café Orchestra return to The Swallow Theatre. Two celebrated international soloists revel at the heart of this orchestra of four, which has won legions of fans with dazzling and infectious performances.
The theatre is delighted to be once again teaming up with Wigtown Book Festival to present two plays as part of the 13-day literary event. First the beautifully written and performed ‘Miss Lindsay’s Secret’ comes to Wigtownshire after a highly successful Edinburgh Fringe run at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, then a return visit of the hilarious ‘Holmes & Watson: The Farewell Tour’ starring Dominic Goodwin and Julian Finnigan.
The season ends on 11-13 October with ‘Female Gothic’: three chilling ghost stories written by Victorian women, adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan of Dyad Productions.
All autumn shows at The Swallow Theatre will be physically distanced. Seats are preallocated. Additional cleaning measures are in place, and the theatre has been awarded the ‘See It Safely’ and ‘Good To Go’ marks of compliance with Government guidelines.
Most shows are planned to be in garden marquees. These have open fronts and a wide side doorway. If the weather is too bad for marquees the show will be moved inside the theatre auditorium and holders of certain tickets (choose at time of purchase) are eligible to transfer inside. Other ticket holders will be refunded. Seats inside the auditorium are also physically distanced.
“It is wonderful to be open again doing what we love, which is bringing some of the UK’s most exciting performers, both established artists and new talent, to the people of Dumfries and Galloway” said the theatre directors.
Tickets start at £13.50 and are available from www.swallowtheatre.co.uk or by phoning 01988 850368.
More information about The Swallow Theatre and the shows mentioned are at:https://www.swallowtheatre.co.uk/