Black Watch to march across US

  • 19 September 2007
The hot young things of Scottish theatre

Black Watch, the National Theatre of Scotland production which proved a massive hit when it premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, has opened to rave reviews in Los Angeles.

It was the first time Gregory Burke’s play had been performed outside Scotland, but the US media has widely reported its arrival as it resonates with the current anti-war sentiment.

Director of the annual UCLA festival, David Sefton, who introduced the play stateside, said it was the “absolute pinnacle of politicised theatre right now”.

He added that the language barrier was his only concern, adding that some of the dialogue had been altered slightly to make the Fife brogue more digestible.

“I concerned about it translating to the US stage in a literal sense – I don’t know whether the audience will understand what the actors are saying,” he said.

“I am a little bit concerned: it’s the combination of the accent and the speed at which it is delivered.

“But I would never dream of changing it or subtitling the play – only in jest.”

The play will enjoy a run at LA’s Freud Theatre before moving to New York next month.

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