Dogstar Theatre CompanyThe Tailor of Inverness
Ben Harrisonstage and costume design:
Ali Maclaurinlights :
Timothy Brinkhurstperformance :
The performance tells a story of a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) and after a life full of twists and turns he became a tailor in Inverness. The story he tells us, however, is not the only story that life had written for him. He was captured and sent to work east of the Urals by the Soviets in 1939. After the German invasion on Russia he was freed and joined thousands of Poles in their journey to Teheran, then Egypt. He joined the British Army and fought in North Africa and Italy. In order to survive in the harsh reality he was facing he had to adopt different identities. After reaching Inverness, a town in Scottish Highlands, just like other immigrants, he had to adapt to the life in a new country. What helped him at that point was his work as a tailor. By making clothes for thousands of people, including himself, he was constructing the outward trappings which play a part in defining who we are. The performance reflects upon the major conflicts in the 20th century on the one hand, on the other it asks questions about who we really are, what determines it, how we perceive ourselves and others.
Dogstar Theatre Company was founded in 1998 by Hamish MacDonald under the name The Collectors. In 2004 MacDonald was joined by Matthew Zajac as Joint Artistic Director. The theatre staged 8 performances to date, which are acclaimed and awarded in Scotland and abroad. In their works they draw on Highland tradition referring to its history and the contemporary relationship to the rest of the world.