We at Black Dingo Productions are dedicated to helping the grassroots theatre scene in Edinburgh flourish. We therefore produce and promote some of the most exciting theatre makers around. Below are some examples of our work.
The Wee One
The Wee One is Philip Rainford's brand new one hour play about life, love and rediscovery.
The play revolves around British couple Marie and John and their grown up son Danny, who still lives with them. It is a heart-warming, original tale of the tragi-comic circumstances of their situation.
SOLD OUT 7-9th of May 2015 at Discover 21 Theatre .
Starring Philip Rainford, Catriona Joss, Emma Mckenna, Alexander Staniforth
and, Debbie Cannon
Directed by Adam Tomkins
Assembly Roxy Tue 6 – Wed 7 May 2014
"Overall, this is a brave production, with a high level of care and attention, and it is to Black Dingo Productions’ credit that it has been brought to Edinburgh." All Edinburgh Theatre
Immerse yourself in artist Philip Ridley's vision of a not-too-distant dystopian future, performed by St Andrews' RIOT Productions and brought to Edinburgh by Black Dingo Productions.
In Ridley's powerful, dark drama, a post-apocalyptic version of London's East End is ruled by gangs, terror and violence. Looted artefacts from the nation's museums are traded by addicts for drugs in the form of butterflies. And the wealthy are entertained at parties where their wildest fantasies are played out for real.
Mercury Fur has attracted much controversy, with Ridley's publisher of a decade, Faber & Faber, refusing to publish the text. It has gained something of a cult following in the years since its premier in 2005.
Starring Sebastian Carrington-Howell, Tommy Rowe, Frazer Hadfield, Taryn O'Connor, Ku Boane, Ayanna Coleman-Potempa, Joseph Cunningham, Oli Clayton
Directed by Jocelyn Cox.
Such a Nice Girl
Such a Nice Girl by Jen McGregor
Directed by Angela Milton
Starring Hazel DuBourdieu Raina and Lauren Heatherill
The story tells us of Eilidh who has always been a nice girl. She's caring, she's polite and she's facing jail time. Based on personal experiences of grief and prejudice, faith and violence, Such a Nice Girl leaves no stone unturned.
' A startling two-hander [...] Jen McGregor’s thematically rich script that provides ample food for thought by the play’s end.' **** TV bomb
'[C]ompelling and convincing – notably the violence of the language. There is an emotional realism here which is tough and unsentimental and should be applauded.'
by August Strindberg
in a new adaptation by Jen McGregor
Directed by Amy Gilmartin
Starring Kirsty Eila McIntyre, David McFarlane and Debbie Cannon.
The Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
Mon 11 – Sat 15 August 2014
Caught up in the heady magic of Midsummer Eve, Miss Julie invades the world of her servants. She drags her father’s valet, Jean, into a sexually-charged encounter which is part seduction, part power struggle and part self-destruction.
'Miss Julie delivers engaging and absorbing drama that is both in-keeping with Strindberg’s original vision and wonderfully updated by McGregor to ensure it remains relevant to today’s audience.' **** All Edinburgh Theatre
The Bruce in Ireland
There is something horribly relentless about the whole production, which has strong echoes of modern conflicts, notably Vietnam, with black-and-white war footage used for both narrative effect and as a backdrop.
The Bruce in Ireland by Ben Blow
Mon 2 – Thur 5 November 2015
Directed by Kolbrun Sigfusdottir
Music by Tom Oakes
Starring Gerry Kielty, Kirsty Eila McIntyre, Chris Allan, Douglas Garry, Matthew Jebb and Philip Rainford.
Flushed with victory after Bannockburn, the Bruces seek to carry on the war against the English; ambition as much as military necessity draws the armies of Scotland to Ireland.
But is this liberation or conquest?
As famine bites and decisive victory proves elusive, Edward Bruce reigns bloodily as ri Erenn, High King of Ireland.
Enemy becomes indistinguishable from ally and honour is a cheap coin in this blood-soaked march through a war waged for its own sake.
The Bruce in Ireland is a new piece of writing, a fictionalised account of the Bruce's ill-starred Irish intervention.
War has always been war and the motivations and habits of armies do not tend to differ greatly,” he says. “It is not a specific modernisation but has a general mid-twentieth century feel. It is hoped that this will assist in seeing the actions of the Bruces in the context of any war. Ben Blow in interview with