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You can help make this happen in Dundee

Posted onJune 27, 2014

You can help make this happen in Dundee

You can help make this happen in Dundee

Adam McNamara from Dundee a former Fitness Instructor, Policeman and now Professional Actor has started a Kickstarter project to try to raise £3,000 to bring the pilot of a realistic police drama to Dundee. He hopes the money raised will help local company Flyboy Creative shoot a professional pilot for the six part series which would then go on to be commissioned as a series.

Adam explains,

I’m a Dundonian. Born and bred in the city, went to Rockwell Primary then St Johns High School. I studied sports coaching/leisure management at Dundee College before becoming a fitness instructor in several gyms in the city and surrounding area.

I joined the police in 2001 and worked in Tayside’s Eastern Division based in Forfar then transferred to Kirkton where I worked for a few years then laterally to the City Centre.

When I was 27 I started amateur dramatics at Dundee Operatic Society performing in musicals, from Anything Goes to Guys and Dolls to Thoroughly Modern Millie. I was still in the Police at this time…..they thought it was hilarious. A few nicknames were assigned, Billy Elliot being one.

I then auditioned for MIDAS in Arbroath and was in The Full Monty musical which to this date is still one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had on stage. Cast, Crew and Audiences were brilliant.

During this time I began being cast in principal roles and it confirmed (to me anyway!) that I wanted to pursue stage and/or screen as a career. I started auditioning for drama schools when I was 29, QMU and RSAMD were top of my list and I was incredibly lucky to have a choice of where to attend. Once I accepted I realised I either took a career break from the Police for 3 years or resign. I weighed my options up and decided I wouldn’t push myself to be successful if I knew I had a career to fall back on so I resigned. My mums face was a picture, you know when someone says “oh that’s good” but you can tell by their face they mean the complete opposite?…… That. My Sgt said something like “we thought you were joking when you said you’re leaving”……it took a lot of folk by surprise, I was leaving a secure, guaranteed wage to follow my dream of being an actor. I get that, it’s a crazy job but I’ve never been happier.

To date I’ve worked from Dundee Rep to the Citz to the Tron, The Donmar, and The Young Vic, I’ve toured America in the play Black Watch with the NTS (National Theatre of Scotland) which was just a sublime time. The last tour ended in San Francisco where I asked my long term gf to marry me which was a lovely way to end my time with the play. My time in these theatres working with experienced established actors and directors aswell as young exciting actors and directors has been a real help to me.

I’ve appeared in several TV shows, From River City to Eastenders to other one off dramas and I ticked the box of my first film credit last year  in a film called The Devils Harvest which is in post production as we speak.

This project is something I’ve been passionate about since I was in the Police. I’ve always found TV Cop dramas to be a wee bit tinged with poetic licence which is totally understandable. You can hardly imagine a hardened cop needing a trace on a number and being told “that’ll be about a fortnight” not the best for a dramatic through line! Anyway, I started working on The Job tv show with my writing partner Ryan Henderson due to us both being disillusioned with current Police dramas, from one offs to long running series.  We decided to centre on the humans in the uniforms, their private lives that sometimes mirror situations they deal with themselves and how they cope……amongst many other story lines, police procedure and actual crime is secondary.

The cast we have attached already for this teaser trailer is incredibly exciting. Dan Portman (Podrick Payne from GoT) Richard Rankin (The Crimson Field) Tamer Hassan (Layer Cake, Kick Ass, Batman Begins 24 and many more). Other casting is to be confirmed and this will be updated on the kickstarter page when it happens.

The teaser will be sent to channel execs along with the show bible which is a comprehensive document detailing everything to expect from the show, being able to show execs something enforces the feel of what we’re wanting to achieve.

We are really excited to get started and anyone’s contributions will be spent wisely on this stepping stone project to clinch a full commission.

We want to make a drama based in Scotland and specifically in Dundee. I’d love to bring the production to the city I grew up and worked in.

You can find out more about the progress of the project on Kickstarter below where even as little as £1 can help the project on its way.

Dundee hosts Commonwealth Games Cultural Celebrations

Posted onJune 26, 2014

Dundee hosts Commonwealth Games Cultural Celebrations

Dundee hosts Commonwealth Games Cultural Celebrations

STORYTELLING from a customised ice cream van, literary discussions, dancing in the City Square, cutting edge visual arts, and a beautiful and insightful new play are among the events taking place next in Dundee as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

The nationwide Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is celebrating Scotland and Glasgow’s hosting of the XX Commonwealth Games with more than 1000 events taking place across the country.

Lochee Park; Ardler Community Centre

Adding to the excitement of the Queen’s Baton Relay coming to the city, The Pokey Hat, a new family musical interactive show from Grinagog Theatre will be performed in a customised ice cream van on Friday 27 June. Based on stories and research provided by the local community in the East End of Glasgow, the show will take an entertaining look at the way we used to live; the Italian community in Scotland and café culture; childhood songs, games and sweets. Crolla dairy ice cream from Glasgow will be handed out at performances. Come along to Lochee Park, Ancrum Road, Dundee at 12:25pm and Ardler Community Centre, 95 Turnberry Avenue, Dundee at 2.30pm to join in the fun. To find out more visit: http://www.grinagog.co.uk/content/productions_the_pokey_hat/

The McManus Art Gallery and Museum

Also, on Friday 27 June, at 6pm at The McManus Art Gallery and Museum there’s the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating Scottish PEN event. Amruta Patil and Karrie Fransman will be discussing their graphic novels and the use of the magical and the strange in their work. The Chair will be Peggy Hughes, Programme Director of the Dundee Literary Festival.

For more information and to book your free ticket visit: http://www.scottishpen.org/news/events/reinterpreting-womens-stories-using-the-surreal-and-the-mythological

Dundee Rep

In My Father’s Words is a beautiful play about identity – national and personal – and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two. In the year that the Commonwealth Games comes back to Scotland, Dundee Rep Ensemble presents a play which re-tells the Scottish emigrant story for our times. In My Father’s Words, written by Justin Young with Gaelic text by Iain F MacLeod and directed by Philip Howard will be at Dundee Rep from Tuesday 1 to Saturday 12 July. To buy tickets visit: http://www.dundeerep.co.uk/event/fatherswords

Marryat Hall (Caird Hall); Dundee City Square

Scottish Dance Theatre’s Scale is a pioneering, ambitious, multi-strand public art project with more fantastic activity coming up in Dundee.

On Friday 4 and Saturday 5 July Scottish Dance Theatre’s exceptional dancers will perform a new work Human Scale, choreographed by Fleur Darkin with costume design by Linbury Prize winner Alexander Ruth and original music played live by The One Ensemble, Glasgow-based brainchild of Daniel Padden. Performances are at 8pm in Marryat Hall (Caird Hall).

To book tickets visit: http://www.cairdhall.co.uk/event/?id=14814

On Sunday 6 July for one day only, Dundee’s City Square transforms into a lively and visually stunning park. Everyone, aged 0-99 is invited to join the party for a fun filled festival featuring performances by Dundee Rep Ensemble, Scottish Dance Theatre, The One Ensemble and many others including a special finale performance by Plan B’s The Shoogle Project. There’ll also be face-painting, dress-up box, yoga, hip-hop dance, storytelling, and much, much more!
To find out more visit: http://www.scottishdancetheatre.com

Dundee City Square

Dance-along to classic movie Grease at an outdoor screening on Saturday 26 July, in City Square. The fun starts with the audience learning moves from key moments in the film. Then the film begins and everyone joins in the dancing during the key unforgettable scenes we know and love, breaking into a huge shake down for the finale. To add to the party atmosphere, audiences are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters from the movie, and make the day complete by bringing a picnic. No booking required, just come along on the day. Everyone is welcome.

This fantastic range of projects is in addition to Cooper Gallery; DCA; and The McManus showing work as part of the nationwide celebration of 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland GENERATION, and the Commonwealth Ceilidh in City Square on Friday 27 June with music from Whisky Kiss and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society taking place as part of the City’s celebrations for the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.

Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland, said: “It’s fantastic to see this exciting work being presented in Dundee and I’d encourage everyone to join in with and enjoy the events.”

Eileen Gallagher, independent director on the Glasgow 2014 Board and chair of the Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay Committee, said: “The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is offering people the opportunity to be part of the Games wherever they are. With something for all the family, in popular local settings and an inspiring range of shows and activity, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

To find out more details about what’s happening in Dundee and throughout Scotland visit: www.glasgow2014.com/culture

Gleadhraich appearing at Dundee Rep Friday 11 October

Posted onOctober 7, 2013

Gleadhraich appearing at Dundee Rep Friday 11 October

Gleadhraich appearing at Dundee Rep Friday 11 October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McGinty and Ward at Face of Freedom 2013

Posted onMarch 21, 2013

McGinty and Ward at Face of Freedom 2013

McGinty and Ward at Face of Freedom 2013

More from McGinty and Ward of Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher as they perform at Face of Freedom 2013 at Dundee Rep earlier this month – a modelling competition to raise funds for the Maggies Cancer Care Centre at Ninewells Dundee.

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Face of Freedom 2013 Finale

Posted onMarch 19, 2013

Face of Freedom 2013 Finale

Finale of the Face of Freedom 2013 at Dundee Rep hosted by Lynne Duffus.

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Face of Freedom 2013 Finale

 

Panda Su at Face of Freedom 2013

Posted onMarch 17, 2013

Panda Su at Face of Freedom 2013

Panda Su at Face of Freedom 2013
Panda Su play at the Face of Freedom 2013 in aid of the Maggies Cancer Care Centre at Ninewells Hospital, recorded at Dundee Rep

 

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Maggies Models back on the catwalk

Posted onMarch 15, 2013

Maggies Models back on the catwalk

Maggies Models back on the catwalk

Maggies Models return to the catwalk in the second part of the Face of Freedom 2013 at Dundee Rep. This is the one with the kids at the beginning and Lynne Duffus carrying on like a pro as some scenery falls over.

 

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Face of Freedom models back on the catwalk

Posted onMarch 13, 2013

Face of Freedom models back on the catwalk

Face of Freedom models back on the catwalk

The Face of Freedom 2013 models return to the catwalk for a second time at Dundee Rep, produced by Kezia Rose and Freedom Hairdressing, introduced by Lynne Duffus.

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Model Team Glasgow Face of Freedom 2013

Posted onMarch 11, 2013

Model Team Glasgow Face of Freedom 2013

Model Team Glasgow Face of Freedom 2013

The girls from Model Team Glasgow wearing Hayley Scanlans HS Velvet Venom Collection take to the catwalk at Face of Freedom 2013 at Dundee Rep

 

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Ovarian Cysters at Face of Freedom 2013

Posted onMarch 7, 2013

Ovarian Cysters at Face of Freedom 2013

Ovarian Cysters at Face of Freedom 2013

Ovarian Cysters take to the stage for the first time at the Face of Freedom 2013 at Dundee Rep last week, organised to raise funds for the Maggies Cancer Care Centre at Ninewells, introduced by Lynne Duffus

 

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