First performed in 2007 Sunshine on Leith is a touching story about the lives of two Scotsmen who leave the army and return home to their families in Leith. Three very different love stories ensue and are intertwined to create a funny, poignant and hugely entertaining show.
A nine-piece band brings to life 21 much loved Proclaimers’ songs including Letter from America, I’m on My Way, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and of course Sunshine on Leith.
Billy Boyd attained worldwide fame and acclaim with his portrayal of Peregrin “Pippin” Took in Peter Jackson’s epic film trilogy of The Lord of the Rings and Peter Weir’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Billy has toured the UK in stage productions of Trainspotting, Widows, Caledonia Dreaming and The Ballad of Crazy Paola. In 2006 he performed in HOME:GLASGOW which was the first ever show for the National Theatre of Scotland and in 2007 he appeared at the Edinburgh Festival with Uncommitted Crimes.
Craig and Charlie Reid of The Proclaimers said of the show; ‘we are very happy that a theatre company of the quality of Dundee Rep with its fantastic history are producing a musical featuring our music’.
Sunshine on Leith is written by Stephen Greenhorn who is best known as the creator of BBC Scotland’s River City. He has written many plays for television and stage including Passing Places for the Traverse Theatre which has been produced worldwide and Dr Who. James Brining is Artistic Director and Chief Executive for Dundee Rep. Previously James worked as Artistic Director for TAG Theatre Company in Glasgow (where Director credits include Othello, Dr Faustus and Julius Ceasar), Orange Tree Richmond (where he directed The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale and Go Tell it on Table Mountain).
Sunshine on Leith won the 2007 TMA Best Musical Award and was nominated in five categories in 2007 CATS Awards (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland).
Sunshine on Leith will be shown at 7.30pm /Thurs & Sat 2.30pm Tickets £13.00 – £27.50 Box Office: 0131 529 6000 Website: www.eft.co.uk