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Ivor Cutler play and discussion of national identity lead NTS spring season

Ivor Cutler. Photo: Katrina Lithgow
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Ivor Cutler, the iconic Scottish comedian, is commemorated in the National Theatre of Scotland’s spring-summer season 2014, announced today.

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, a collaboration with Vanishing Point, will go on limited tour during April.

Other new work includes Rantin’, by NTS Pearson Playwright in Residence Kieran Hurley and previously seen as a work in progress at the Glasgow Arches Behavious festival, which will tour extensively from January to March.

The NTS is again collaborating with Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint to present a season of UK premieres from Commonwealth writers in Glasgow and in Edinburgh. There will also be Scottish revivals for Cora Bissett’s Glasgow Girls and Fiona J Mackenzie’s A Little Bird Blown Of Course.

This autumn’s hit, Dragon, a co-production with Vox Motus and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre, will tour to China in a new version, playing Guang Hua Theatre in Tianjin. Two David Greig shows: Dunsinane and the Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart will go on international tour, to North America and East Asia respectively.

NTS artistic director Laurie Sansom said: “We are kick-starting a remarkable year for Scotland with Kieran Hurley’s Rantin’, which I hope will provoke a dialogue with audiences about Scotland’s national identity.

“As well as touring throughout Scotland and overseas, we will also, in particular, be celebrating Glasgow within the first seven months of our programme with our city-wide community project The Tin Forest, the return of Glasgow Girls at the Citizens, and a unique take on Glasgow maverick artist Ivor Cutler, with the National Theatre of Scotland and Vanishing Point’s The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler.”

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