Ticket rush for Black Watch play

National Theatre of Scotland's production of the Black Watch . Keith Fleming who plays the Sergeant.  Director is John Tiffany. The play is based on irterviews conducted by Gregory Burke with former soldiers who served in Iraq.    Picture  Robert Perry  The Scotsman 14th Sept  2010

National Theatre of Scotland's production of the Black Watch . Keith Fleming who plays the Sergeant. Director is John Tiffany. The play is based on irterviews conducted by Gregory Burke with former soldiers who served in Iraq. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 14th Sept 2010

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A FIFE playwright who has won critical acclaim across the globe has caused a rush for tickets in the Kingdom for his most famous play.

‘Black Watch’, the award-winning play written by Fifer Gregory Burke, has had such massive public demand in the area that six performances scheduled for Rothes Halls later this month sold out within days.

And now an additional show put on by theatre bosses in an attempt to please fans has sold out too, leaving a huge waiting list for tickets.

The play, which tells the story of a group of soldiers who are part of the famous Scottish regiment, returns to the Kingdom after a hugely successful US tour.

Phenomenal

Frank Chinn, chief executive of Arts and Theatres Trust Fife, who run Rothes Halls, told the Press the play joins only a select few others - including Kevin Bridges and One Night of Queen - who have had dates added at the theatre.

He said: “The play really resonates with people in Fife - it’s roots are here and that makes it very relevant.

“Whilst it deals with some difficult subjects it does so in a very accessible way - we have individuals and schools travelling from all over the place to see the play here, so it’s very exciting.

“We are delighted that the National Theatre of Scotland can fit an additional performance into their hectic international touring schedule.”

Second sell-out

This is the second time Black Watch has completely sold out at the Fife venue. Mr Chinn added: “Everyone is looking forward to welcoming this ground breaking play back to Rothes Halls.”

Since its first performances, Black Watch has received standing ovations and a host of awards, and its connections to Fife have meant its popularity in the area has continued since it first appeared here.

Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, the play is based upon interviews between Burke and Black Watch soldiers who had served in Iraq.

With scenes taking place at barracks in Fife, as well as in Iraq, the production is powerful and inventive.This tour’s lead actors include Cameron Barnes, from Methil, who was a trainee electrician until he was awarded the role of Macca at an open audition.