Black Watch conquers the Big Apple

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Black Watch, the National Theatre of Scotland’s production which criticises US army tactics in Iraq, has opened to rave reviews in the Big Apple.

The New Yorkers taking in the premiere at Brooklyn’s St Ann’s Warehouse were overwhelmed by the hard hitting drama created by Gregory Burke.

The critics were equally impressed - with their unequivocal praise displayed in the next day’s papers.

Ben Brantley, from the New York Times, wrote: ‘Black Watch arrives like a blazing redeemer in the greyness of the current New York theatre season, a cause for hope after a surfeit of microwaved revivals and ersatz musicals.’

Meanwhile the New York Observer’s John Heilpern described the show as ‘compelling’ and ‘magnificent’.

A piper greeted arrivals for the city’s first performance, with Scots Sir Sean Connery and Brian Cox among those in the audience.

Mr Burke said: ‘The reaction never ceases to amaze me, it has become a bit of a phenomenon hasn’t it? The reviews and the reaction of the audiences have been fantastic.

‘It’s great not just for me, but for Scotland, the company and everyone involved.’

Black Watch will tour Canada, New Zealand and Australia in the coming years.

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