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Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 4th January, 2014

Dundee Rep Theatre

With Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games and 2014 being The Year of Homecoming Scotland, residents and visitors alike will have an eye on what the arts are offering in the area.

The programme will of course develop as the year unfolds, but this summary looks at some of the shows and seasons that are opening shortly in the region starting with the Dundee Rep Theatre.

In the new season, the Dundee Rep Ensemble present Agatha Christie’s whodunit And Then There Were None and, in collaboration with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn, a story of a woman who slowly unravels as her imaginary life merges with reality.

Also in the programme is a blackly comic portrait of a woman battling with mortality in Cars and Boys written for the Ensemble by Scottish playwright Stuart Paterson and the world première of an emigrant story for our times, In My Father’s Words, by Justin Young with Gaelic by Ian F MacLeod, which open at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre and then tour the Highlands.

January also sees the première of the third part of the Dundee trilogy, Sunday Mornings on Dundee Law. This Scottish musical play is written by Mike Gibb with music by Kevin Walsh and Malcolm Dowie.

There is also a varied programme of visiting shows that includes the farce Boeing Boeing, the return of An Evening of Dirty Dancing, Pirates and Mermaids, The Only Way is Downton and Borderline Theatre Company and Palace Theatre Kilmarnock's A Slow Air.

Also later in the year, ThickSkin presents a new play set in the aftermath of the 2011 London riots, Chalk Farm, by award-winning playwrights Kieran Hurley and AJ Taudevin, and June sees the stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's novel Birdsong and MONEY the game show by Clare Duffy.

Other dance events include Ballet Theatre UK's French Can Can and international artists include Damien Jalet's Yama and Kingdom by Spanish choreographer Jorge Crecis.

For younger audiences, there is Scottish Dance Theatre's Innocence in which 0- to 7-year-olds can explore the world of William Blake’s imagination and the Children’s Festival at Dundee Rep’s Bonar Hall.

Little ones are offered, amongst other events, Aliens Love Underpants, Celeste’s Circus and Cyldebuilt Puppet Theatre's Gingerbread Man whilst Tunnels is for teenagers with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Last but not least, Dundee Rep also has a programme of live music, comedy and dinner shows.

For further information and booking, visit the Dundee Rep web site.

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