The best Scottish Theatre productions of 2010
My Romantic History, Roadkill, Sweeney Todd, The Government Inspector and Promises Promises
Prolific Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell hit a creative high-point at the beginning of the year with this blistering monologue told by a middle-aged, alcoholic teacher (Joanna Tope) who is provoked into violence when she witnesses an exorcism by ‘community leaders’ in her own classroom.
Random Accomplice, touring Feb.
The Government Inspector
Exuberant production of Gogol’s comedy of political corruption directed by Gerry Mulgrew for Communicado and featuring slick ensemble playing – including stand-out performances from John Bett and Andy Clark – and enjoyable musical interludes directed by Alastair Macrae and performed by the cast. Communicado, touring, Mar.
James Brining’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s enduring musical focused on the psychological motivation behind the demon barber’s campaign of blood-letting, with strong performances from the 16-strong cast, a ten-piece band led by musical director Hilary Brooks and a marvellous modern-day set.
Dundee Rep, Jun.
My Romantic History
DC Jackson, known for his sharp, sparkling Stewarton Trilogy, came of age as a writer with this inventive, provocative exploration of contemporary relationships, in which a pair of thirtysomethings reflect on their past loves as their own relationship drifts towards its anti-climax.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Aug.
Award-winning actress Cora Bissett directed this harrowing but extremely powerful site-specific drama about a young Nigerian teenager who is sold into prostitution and sex slavery. Topical but never hectoring, and distinguished by fine performances from the cast, this was one of the must-see productions of the Fringe.
Arches, Glasgow & Traverse, Edinburgh, Jul/Aug.