A Stellar night of theatre in Banchory


Award-winning theatre company, Stellar Quines, are bringing a brand new production to Woodend Barn next week.

Dare to Care, an unflinching, unbiased, authentic insight into life at Cornton Vale – Scotland’s primary prison for female offenders will be performed next Thursday, March 13, at 7.30pm.

Arriving for a spell behind bars, where there are no secrets or boundaries, and carrying their life’s baggage, a group of women tell their stories in a sometimes crazy, often poignant insight into their lives and the price they’ll pay.

Linked by common threads of hope, fear, love and survival, Christine Lindsay does not offer blame or reason but in each story highlights the difficulties faced by these women in the society of their time. Told in a chorus of words, rhyme and stand-up comedy, the collective voice of the women is heard.

Dare to Care has been created by playwright and former prison warden Christine Lindsay.

She shines a light on inmates and wardens alike showing neither as angels or devils, but all doing the best they can in a system that expects the worst.

Having won prestigious CATS awards for Age of Arousal and The List, Stellar Quines first presented Dare to Care at a Rehearsal Room performance at the Traverse Theatre. The tremendous response to the performed reading encouraged artistic director Muriel Romanes to commission the play for a full production and Woodend Barn director Nicola Henderson is excited to see the company returning to Banchory.

She said: “We’ve welcomed Stellar Quines to the venue a number of times and each time they’ve shown us why they’re considered one of the strongest touring theatre companies performing in Scotland today.

‘‘They tackle issues which resonate with people from all walks of life and do so with a passion which is clear from the moment they take the stage.

“The opening night of the production in Kirkcaldy will coincide with International Women’s Day 2014”

Tickets and listings can be obtained from www.woodendbarn.co.uk or by contacting the box office 01330 825431