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The Tailor of Inverness by Matthew Zajac (Scottish Tour)

Matthew Zajac's multi-award-winning The Tailor of Inverness is a story of journeys, of how a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a Tailor in Inverness.

His life spanned most of the 20th century. His story is not straightforward. He was taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1939 and forced to work east of the Urals, then freed in an amnesty after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. He then joined the thousands of Poles who travelled to Tehran, then Egypt, to be integrated into the British Army, fighting in North Africa and Italy. He was then resettled in Britain in 1948, joining his brother in Glasgow. This is the story he told.

Crossing the borders from Ukraine to Poland to Russia to Iran to Egypt to Italy to Germany to Scotland, this fable reflects on several major conflicts in twentieth century history but is personal, intimate and rooted in two cultures: Galicia and the Highlands of Scotland. The play uses the central metaphor of the tailor and his fabric. Audio and video material made on a series of research trips in Poland and Ukraine is incorporated into a detailed overall design. Live violin weaves its way evocatively through the piece, with traditional and original songs and tunes from Scotland, Poland and Russia.

Tour Dates:

Perth | Perth Theatre, Joan Knight Studio
Fri 5 & Sat 6 April

Giffnock | Eastwood Park Theatre
Sun 7 April

Carlops | Carlops Village Hall
Tues 9 April

Cumbernauld | Cumbernauld Theatre
Sat 13 April

Portgordon | Portgordon Village Hall
Tues 16 April

Tullynessle | Tullynessle Village Hall
Wed 17 April

Musselburgh | The Brunton Theatre
Thurs 18 April

Johnshaven | Johnshaven Village Hall
Fri 19 April

Arbroath | Webster Theatre
Sat 20 April

Aberdeen | The Lemon Tree
Sun 21 April

Inverness | One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Wed 24 - Fri 26 April

Findhorn | The Universal Hall
Sat 27 April

Island of Eigg | Eigg Community Hall
Mon 29 April

Arisaig | Arisaig Village Hall
Tues 30 April

Kinlochleven | Kinlochleven High School Hall
Thurs 2 May

Greenock | The Beacon Arts Centre
Fri 3 May

Glasgow | Webster's Theatre
Sat 4 May

Edinburgh | Festival Theatre, The Studio Potterow
Fri 10 & Sat 11 May (Evening and Matinee shows)

Written and performed by Matthew Zajac

More Information:

Booking information

Date and Location:

Various Venues

Start Date: Friday, 5 April, 2019

End Date: Saturday, 11 May, 2019

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