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Artistic Director Michael Emans: 'Class, race, gender and power struggles – A Streetcar Named Desire is as relevant today as ever'

5 Sep 2017

Scottish company Rapture Theatre stage a new adaptation of the Tenessee Williams classic

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Scottish touring company Rapture Theatre stages Tenessee Williams' classic Pulitzer prize-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire, following their success with Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?. Under the direction of…

Preview: Democracy

1 Sep 2016

Rapture Theatre get seriously political with latest production

Although writer Michael Frayn is best known for his playful parody of theatre folk, Noises Off, his script, Democracy, is a weightier look at cold war politics. Based on true events, it goes back to 1969 to capture the anxiety of Willy Brandt, newly…

Theatre review: The Last Yankee

6 Oct 20154 stars

Rapture Theatre celebrate Arthur Miller's birth with aplomb.

Split over three brick-print screens, the fractured flag of the USA looms like a spectre over Rapture's latest production. The distressed red, white, and blue contrasts sharply with the clinically beige set and stands as an ominous symbol of the central…

Rapture Theatre's Uncle Varick offers new take on Chekhov classic

29 Apr 2014

New production transports Uncle Vanya to rural Scotland of the 1960s

Rapture might be populist in their choice of plays, but they are equally eclectic. Last time they connected to the spirit of the Bay City Rollers for *3Shang-a-Lang*2; this time they go back to a Russian classic, updated by one of the great Scottish…

Rapture Theatre take Shang-a-Lang musical on tour

6 Nov 2013

Feelgood musical production from the writer of Mamma Mia

Rapture Theatre, under artistic director Michael Emans, has a strong claim to being the hardest-working touring company in Scotland: Shang-a-Lang is their third production this year. Like previous offerings The Sash and The Collection, Shang-a-Lang is…

Hector MacMillan’s 40-year-old play The Sash remains relevant

15 May 20133 stars

Scottish revival of MacMillan's play reminds us that sectarianism still survives

This revival of Hector MacMillan’s 40-year-old play feels bittersweet. While most playwrights might revel in the enduring appeal of their work, MacMillan has recently commented that he’d be happier if the sectarianism portrayed in The Sash was no longer…

Entertaining production of Gagarin Way despite smothering political debate

21 Mar 20113 stars

Gregory Burke's blackly comic kidnap-gone-wrong thriller

Playwright Gregory Burke may be best known for the endlessly garlanded Black Watch. But judging by the packed and noisily receptive crowd at the Brunton Theatre in mid-March, theatregoers also have fond memories of his debut, the blackly comic…