The Match Box by Frank McGuinness

Our February 2018 tour of The Match Box has been setting critics and audiences ablaze:

“Compelling,,, Coulson excels”  **** The Times

“Outstanding” **** The Scotsman

“a meditation on loss, grieving and revenge” **** The Herald

Award-winning Firebrand In co-production with The Byre Theatre and Heart of Hawick presents the Scottish premiere of a spine-tingling and brilliantly witty new monologue about grief, revenge and the temptations of evil by one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists.

The ties that bind can never be broken and the shocking events that bring Sal to exile on a remote Irish island are as unexpected as they are brutal.

Her compelling story begs only one question; what would you do if pushed to the very edge?

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Letter of Last Resort by David Greig Winter 2016

  Ellie Zeegen (PM) and Ali Watt (John) in Letter of Last Resort at top secret location. *** Set in the near future, David Greig’s brilliant play is a conversation between the new prime minister (in this case a woman) and the Head of Arrangements, John, at the end of her first day.  It unpacks the arguments around […]

Grounded by George Brant Spring 2016

Janet Coulson as The Pilot “My pulse quickens. It is not a fair fight, but it quickens” She’s a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot. She’s pregnant. Her career in the sky is over. Now she sits in an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled drones over the Middle East. She struggles through surreal twelve-hour shifts […]

The Great Train Race by Robert Dawson Scott Winter 2015

Simon Donaldson as Cammie, Ellie Zeegen as Kinnaber and Ali Watt as Norrie. Firebrand’s November 2015 run of Robert Dawson Scott’s The Great Train Race at Heart of Hawick and The Interchange, Galashiels, generously supported by the Borders Railway Celebration Fund, was a sell-out success. The incredible but true story of the death-defying London to […]

The Effect by Lucy Prebble Spring 2015

Cameron Crighton as Tristan and Scarlett Mack as Connie Following the critical and popular success of their productions of Iron and Outlying Islands, award-winning Firebrand produced the Scottish premiere of an unconventional and moving love story: a sexy, funny, and thought-provoking exploration of the limits of medicine in today’s pill-popping culture.   Connie is a […]

Outlying Islands by David Greig Autumn 2014

L-R Crawford Logan (Kirk), Martin Richardson (Robert), Helen Mackay (Ellen), James Rottger (John) It is summer 1939 and two young Cambridge naturalists arrive on a remote Hebridean island to conduct a wildlife survey on behalf of the Government. They are accompanied by Kirk, the island’s tenant, and his attractive young niece Ellen. When Kirk inadvertently reveals […]

Blackbird by David Harrower Spring 2014

Photograph by Stephen Moffat. Ray – Greg Wagland. Una – Romana Abercromby Fifteen years ago Ray and Una had an illicit relationship.  She was 12, he was 40.  They haven’t set eyes on each other since.  Now years later she’s found him again… Neither condoning nor condemning, David Harrower’s most celebrated and controversial play won […]

What the press say...

What the press said:

Iron – “world class” performance of Blythe Duff” The Scotsman

White Rose – “visceral, thrilling and triumphant” Exeunt Magazine

Outlying Islands – “Richard Baron’s fine revival” **** The Times

The Effect – “compelling … lucid … superb” **** The Guardian

54% Acrylic and Blackbird  – **** The Scotsman and The Herald

The Great Train Race – “a celebration and a pleasure” **** The Scotsman

Grounded – “Janet Coulson’s simmering performance”…“a theatrical adrenaline rush” **** The Times

Letter of Last Resort – “a brilliant 40-minute exploration” *** The Scotsman

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