Voices little and loud at the Rep

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FRESH from her role as the princess Briar Rose in Sleeping Beauty, young Cupar actor Helen Darbyshire is set to take another starring role at Dundee Rep Theatre.

From February 28, Helen (21) will take the lead in ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’ along with the rest of the Rep’s award-winning Ensemble.

2010 was a good year for the Rep with the theatre picking up a number of awards including the Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) with three awards for the Elephant Man.

Jemima Levick was named Best Director and Kevin Lennon was given the ‘Best Male Performer’ accolade. Best design also went to the Rep’s Alex Lowde while its production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ picked up the Theatrical Management Association’s award for Best Musical Production.

It may seem that things can’t get any better for the venue - which also was presented with the Eating Place of the Year title, awarded by Dundee retaliers - but the theatre isn’t about to rest on it’s laurels anytime soon!

The line-up for spring is already buzzing with a huge number of shows in the pipeline ranging from ‘A Play, A Peh and a Pint’, specially commissioned by Dundee musician Michael Marra and performed in conjunction with Oran Mor, to dance sensations’ ‘Spirit of Dance’ comedy from Phil Kay, Jerry Sadowitz and Hardeep Singh Kohli, and intense drama in the form of Tolstoy’s tragic love story ‘Anna Karenina’.

In addition to Little Voice, A Play, a Peh and a Pint and Anna Karenina, the Ensemble will also stage the children’s production ‘The Firebird’. Playwright Neil Duffield takes Prince Ivan and Princess Katya on a magical adventure, while the Rep’s artistic director James Brinning will direct ‘After The End’, a dark and tense production about a young couple trapped together in an underground nuclear shelter.

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The venue is also home to its own Community Company and together with the Woman’s singing group will perform ‘The Bridge’ which is set on the banks of the Tay sees past and future collide.

2011 also marks the 25th anniversary of Scottish Dance Theatre and to celebrate the company will premiere two brand new works at the Rep; ‘Lay Me Down’ by Kate Weare and ‘Khaos’ by Benjamin Levy.

For more information on Dundee Rep’s spring season visit the website www.dundeerep.co.uk or call the box office, tel. 01382 223530.