Drama in the west

Award-winning theatre comes to venues in Wigtownshire as Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival rolls out its exciting 2017 programme.

As a warm-up to this year’s festival, and a taste of the world class quality to come, the National Theatre of Scotland returns to the west of the region with its critically-acclaimed women in wartime drama, the 306: Day. Inspired by real events and first-hand accounts, the play tells the forgotten story of three women in the First World War and their struggle to survive in a world that refused to listen. The production comes to Wigtown County Buildings on Tuesday, 23 May.

The superb Paines Plough makes a welcome return to the region with their “heart-wrenching, hilarious” comedy drama, Every Brilliant Thing. They come to Wigtown County Buildings on 30 May. This world-wide smash hit receives high critical acclaim wherever it goes and this is a chance to see theatre of the highest quality delivered to the doorsteps of audiences in the west of the region.

Nick Payne’s West End and Broadway sell-out drama, Constellations, comes to the Swallow Theatre with two performances on 30 and 31 May. This multi award-winning production premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012 and received such strong reviews from critics that it transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End later that year when it was awarded best play category at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, making the 29-year-old Nick Payne the youngest winner of the award

After a successful run at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a sell-out run at the Greenwich Theatre in 2017, Fledgling Theatre bring their highly acclaimed musical tragicomedy, They Built It. No One Came, to the Ryan Centre, Stranraer, on 1 June and then to the Swallow Theatre on 3 June. “Reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch…Radiating warmth and with a very tight script”, the play was shortlisted for the Charlie Hartill Award and continues to pick up five star reviews from the national press.