National Theatre of Scotland: Black Watch

Black Watch
Photo by Pavel Antonov

Wednesday, February 16 - 20, 2011
Seating on the Bass Concert Hall stage
Bass Concert Hall

Written by Gregory Burke
Directed by John Tiffany

Presented in partnership with Fusebox Festival and the Department of Theatre and Dance

Black Watch is presented as part of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice Seventh Annual Conference – Aftershocks: Legacies of Conflict

This rare tour of Black Watch by the National Theatre of Scotland stops in Austin following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performances around the globe, and unanimous critical and popular acclaim. For this groundbreaking presentation, Texas Performing Arts is putting the audience on the Bass Concert Hall stage in a rare and intimate seating configuration.

Black Watch is a stirring play based on interviews conducted by Scottish playwright Gregory Burke with veteran soldiers who served in Iraq. Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, Black Watch reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror — and what it means to make the journey home again.

Hailed as a cultural landmark of the 21st century, John Tiffany’s production makes powerful and inventive use of movement, music, and song, all to create a visceral, complex, and urgent piece of theatre — compounded by your seat on stage, next to the action.

“#1 Theatrical Event of the Year”
Ben Brantley, NEW YORK TIMES
Eric Grode, NEW YORK SUN

“ of the most richly human works of art to have emerged from this long-lived war.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“It is essential you see Black Watch” – New York Observer
“A cultural landmark of the 21st century” – Newsweek
“The world must see this play. Immediately.” – The Herald

Reviews, Resources, & More

Austin-American Statesman preview
Black Watch review: Scottish battalion’s Iraq story is authentic, astonishing – The Washington Post
Review: Black Watch – The Wharf London
Charlie Rose – A conversation about the play Black Watch with director John Tiffany
Fashion sequence – The New York Times
New trailer
Creative Team interview
Cast in training
Cast in rehearsal
Building the set
National Theatre of Scotland’s website

Campus and Community Engagement Events

Film Series: Tattooed Under Fire
Black Watch Pre-Performance Lecture: Dr. Christine Leche
Black Watch Post-Performance Talkback – Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Black Watch: Readings From U.S. Military in Combat with Dr. Christine Leche
Black Watch Post-Performance Talkback – Saturday, February 19, 2011

Black Watch Trailer from Texas Performing Arts on Vimeo.

Tattooed Under Fire flyer

Click the Film Series: Tattooed Under Fire flyer image above to download a printable PDF.

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