News: Stand By Announcement

Utter are excited to present their next show, the world premiere Stand By.

Produced in association with The Byre, St Andrews, Stand By is written by former Police Officer Adam McNamara. It is an urgent and timely story, showing the modern-day Police Service laid bare; an authentic and energetic piece of work, it will explore the stress and turmoil of working on the job.

A unique performance, directed by Joe Douglas, audiences are asked to wear single earpiece headphones, as Police Officers do, to tell this urgent story in a multi-sensory way.

Talking about the show, writer Adam McNamara said:
‘Having spent seven years in the Police I was able to view my experience from an actor and writer’s point of view… Stand By is an accumulation of my experiences as a cop, actor and writer allowing the public to have a sneaky glimpse into the job.’

Director Joe Douglas added:
‘The story is set in a close-knit housing scheme in Dundee but speaks more universally about the function of the Police and the security of our communities. Adam’s perspective as a writer is unusual as he knows what the job of a Police Officer is: the pressures, the mundanity, the admin, mixed in with bursts of adrenaline. The production will reflect this with dynamic design, sound and movement. I am extremely excited about our single earpiece experiment – I don’t think this has ever been tried before onstage. I believe it will create a greater sense of empathy and draw the audience deeply into the world of the play.’


Stand By
 will preview at The Byre, St Andrews from 4 – 5 August and tickets can be booked here.

The production will then open at Army@The Fringe, in association with Summerhall, from 11 – 26 August. Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2017, tickets for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances can be purchased here.

Stand By will announce its Autumn 2017 tour thereafter.

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