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The Blood Is Strong - casting announced

The Blood Is Strong

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for David Hutchison’s new play The Blood Is Strong, which receives its world premiere at Finborough Theatre, where it plays Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, May 26, 27 and 28 and June 2, 3 and 4, 2013.

The line up includes Janet Amsden, Margaret-Ann Bain, Martin Buchan, Alistair Findlay, Neil McNulty and Steven Miller.

Previously Posted: David Hutchison’s new play, The Blood Is Strong, receives its world premiere at Finborough Theatre, where it plays Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, May 26, 27 and 28 and June 2, 3 and 4, 2013.

Britain, it’s a corpse. Still twitching, oh yes, but not long to go now. And we’ve got to get clear as fast as we can.

Scotland, today. Alec Baillie used to be a famous singer of Scottish popular music. No Hogmanay was complete without him, but now he finds himself out of date and forgotten as tastes have moved on, and the country itself is changing around him.

His daughter is an aspiring Scottish National Party MSP anxious to be part of an independent Scotland in which she sees no place for the traditional cosy view of the nation that her father represents…

This timely play is both a compelling human story and an exploration of what has been happening politically and culturally north of the border. And what that might mean for England and the English.

Playwright David Hutchison was born in Ayrshire in 1944. An earlier version of The Blood Is Strong entitled The Voice of Scotland was presented as part of Vibrant 2010 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, directed by Blanche McIntyre. His first play, Deadline, was presented by Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

His other plays include a rehearsed reading of A Scandalous Affair (Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre) and, earlier this year, Too Long the Heart, a drama set in the aftermath of the Irish Troubles (Siege Perilous, Edinburgh). In 2011, his one act play, The Waves Roll In, won first prize in the Play on Words competition, sponsored by actor and director Richard Wilson.

Hutchinson has spent most of his working life at Glasgow Caledonian University, and has written widely on media policy and the development of theatre in Scotland. Among his publications are The Modern Scottish Theatre, Media Policy and The Media in Scotland (co-editor). He is currently working with colleagues on a referendum related book.

Directed by Bruce Guthrie, The Blood Is Strong is designed by Gabriella Slade, with lighting by Humphrey McDermott and sound by Josh Richardson.

Bruce Guthrie returns to Finborough Theatre where he directed An Incident at the Border (2012) which transferred to the West End and received a Broadway World nomination for Best Director of a Play.

His other directing credits include Othello and Twelfth Night (Fort Canning Park, Singapore), St David’s Day Celebration (Cardiff), A Month In The Country and Our Country’s Good (Richard Burton Theatre), The Man On Her Mind (Charing Cross Theatre), Hitchcock Blonde (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff), Karen’s Wish (Mayfair Theatre), Gloucestershire (Arcola Theatre), Stories by Heart (National Theatre), Actresses Franchise League (Novello and Prince of Wales Theatres), The Elephant Man (Trafalgar Studios), The Long and the Short and the Tall (Pleasance London) and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (The Venue, Leicester Square/Gateway Studio, Edinburgh).

Tickets: £14, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 0844 847 1652 or online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm; Tuesday matinees at 2pm.

Running Time: Approximately two hours with one interval.