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Scottish theatre leaders hail David Greig’s Lyceum appointment

David Greig. Photo: K Ribbe David Greig. Photo: K Ribbe
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Playwright David Greig’s appointment as the next artistic director at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum has been greeted as “a shot in the arm” for Scottish theatre.

The immediate reaction on social media, following the announcement last week, was almost jubilant, with fellow playwright Kieran Hurley epitomising the response, stating: “Hey everyone, here is some genuinely very exciting theatre news”.

Laurie Sansom, artistic director at the National Theatre of Scotland, was equally jubilant, describing it as “a really exciting moment for Scottish Theatre and the sector”.

“It will be a real shot in the arm, I think, for imagining the new ways in which we can work together and collaborate,” he said.

Sansom worked directly with Greig on last year’s Great Yes, No, Don’t Know Five Minute Theatre Show, which explored notions around identity, nationhood and independence in the run-up to the referendum. Greig has also been a long-time collaborator with the NTS, with two of his plays in its current repertoire.

Sansom added: “David is both a brilliant craftsperson and a great innovator of the form. So it is really exiting to see how it will develop him as a writer, but also to see how he will look to develop other artists, both writers and directors.

Edinburgh-based independent theatre director Nicholas Bone told The Stage there was a growing sense in Edinburgh that theatre in the city should be seen, in artistic terms, as being more than just the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

He said: “The idea of having someone as political and radical as David in charge of the Lyceum Theatre, the main stage theatre in Edinburgh, is fantastically exciting.

“Having someone like David at the Lyceum will be an important part of releasing the potential of Edinburgh to step up to the plate a little more.”

Greig told the Stage he would be setting out his thoughts for the new role when he is closer to unveiling his own programme next year.

He added: “I feel delighted, daunted, privileged and humbled by this new role. I can’t wait to get started.”

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