Stand By

Directed by Joe Douglas

Stand By is the latest work from Utter and will open in August, in association with The Byre, St Andrews.

Written by Former Police Officer Adam McNamara, Stand By 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.

It will open at The Byre Theatre from 4-5 August, before making its Fringe Debut at Army@The Fringe in association with Summerhall from 11-26 Aug.

Following this, Stand By will embark on an Autumn Tour in Scotland with dates to follow.

Bloody Trams

Directed By Joe Douglas

A verbatim piece created by the People of Edinburgh, the show formed a rapid response to one of Edinburgh’s most contested and emotive debates over the last decade – the Edinburgh Trams.

Created in Traverse 2 over three days, this rapid response used anonymous interviews that took place over a  few weeks leading up to the show, with director Joe Douglas talking directly to people all over the capital – from coffee shop owners and taxi drivers to civil servants. This material then formed the basis for the rapid response piece, where two actors recreated the opinions of the People of Edinburgh on stage with the verbatim interviews being fed to the actors through earpeices.  The composer and pianist David Paul Jones performed live accompaniment and original songs based on the testimony, giving this urgent and adventurous piece a cabaret flavour.

Educating Ronnie

Directed by Gareth Nicholls

In 2002, Joe Douglas went on a gap year trip to Uganda, to visit an aunt who was working for a charity.

Amidst the six week blur of safaris, white-water rafting and orphanages, Joe made friends with Ronnie…. Ronnie was 16, Joe was 18. They were both the eldest sons of large families. They both supported Manchester United. Six months later, back in Manchester, Joe got a text:

“Brother my sponsor has pulled out on me and I want to stay in school. Can you help? Ronnie x”

That text was to change both of their lives and inextricably link them together. An astonishing true story, written and performed by Joe himself, Educating Ronnie takes place over a decade: 4000 miles apart and thousands of pounds invested, it explores the murky processes behind bettering oneself in Uganda.




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