19 July, 2021

Premièring this week on Sound Stage: Gary McNair’s Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Pitlochry Festival Theatre, in association with Naked Productions and the Stephen Dunn Theatre Fund are delighted to present the world premiere of Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil. A story of community spirit, fatherhood and the trials and tribulations of Cowdenbeath Football Club, it is set against the rise and decline of the local mining industry, adapted by Gary McNair (Square Go, After the Cuts, Locker Room Talk, A Gambler’s Guide to Dying) and directed by playwright David Greig (The Suppliant Women, Solaris, Touching the Void, Midsummer, Dunsinane).

Playwright Gary McNair said: I’m not your typical sports fan, I don’t have a season ticket or a Sky Sports package but I do love a good sports story, so when David asked me to have a look at Ron Ferguson’s brilliant book; Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil, about Cowdenbeath FC, I was delighted. I knew it had a cult following when it was released and that it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s favourite book but I’d never had the pleasure of reading it. And what a pleasure it was; it’s a sports story like no other - not following your usual tale of triumph and glory but rather charting the season of a club steeped in history that is hanging on for existence, cheered on by a dwindling number of supporters to whom it means the world, all set in a community that has, likewise, seen more prosperous days before the decline of the coal industry which drove the town’s heyday. This is not a story of winning, it’s a story of what it means to keep losing and not give up. 

 Being given the opportunity to dramatise this true story of the now infamous 1992/93 season for Sound Stage has been a real honour. I really hope that it will appeal to football fans and non-football fans alike, as I believe that supporting a club like Cowdenbeath every week not only teaches us something about the fundamentals of sport but also something innately human as well.”

Directed by David Greig (director of The Lyceum’s Glory on Earth), the world première stars award-winning performer, writer and director Cora Bissett (What Girls are Made Of, Adam atThe Traverse; Glasgow Girls, Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland; Grit: The Martyn Bennett Story, Tramway), comedian and semi-finalist of Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny, Bruce Fummey (The Lost King, directed by Stephen Frears, The Greek Apple and the Time Machine, About Tam O’Shanter, About The Jacobites), Phil McKee (Sunshine on Leith, Leeds Playhouse; Dunsinane, Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre of Scotland; Deadwater Fell, Killing Eve), and Nicola Roy (An Edinburgh Christmas Carol, The Belle’s Stratagem, The Lyceum; Tartuffe, Ed Littlewood Productions and Adelaide Festival; Locker Room Talk, The Traverse).

Each performance of Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil includes a different Post-Show Talk: performance 1 with Writer and Director;  performance 2 with Actors and Director and
performance 3: In Context - an insight into the themes of the play from scientific, cultural and political experts.

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