Dogstar Theatre Tour

Posted by to The Blog on January 11th

Dogstar Theatre Company:

The Captain’s Collection

By Hamish MacDonald


Friday 27 January 7.30pm, Brunton Theatre

Dogstar’s hit of the 1999 Highland Festival comes to Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh as part an extensive Scottish tour.  The Captain’s Collection, written by Hamish MacDonald from an idea by Bruce MacGregor, is again directed by the celebrated actor and director Alison Peebles.

 The Captain’s Collection is an acclaimed theatrical production, designed by Ali MacLaurin, and performed by some of Scotland’s finest actors and traditional musicians. It sees the return to Scotland of the sublime singer Alyth McCormack, CATS Award winner 2009 Matthew Zajac as Captain Simon Fraser, regular Dogstar artist Jonny Hardie as Musical Director and multi-instrumentalist Ingrid Henderson.

The story is set around a published collection of Highland music, the family inheritance of Captain Simon Fraser of Knockie. In the era of Sir Walter Scott and Waverley, when Highland Scotland was becoming viewed as the Romantic ideal of Europe, Captain Fraser attempts to win fame by publishing his Highland music.

In order to gain the favour of elitist Regency society, Captain Fraser is forced to remove the Gaelic verses, often of Jacobite and virulently anti-Royal sentiment, from his collection, to be presented as refined chamber pieces fit for the drawing room.

Visiting Captain Fraser in old age, as he draws his final breath, he is visited by the ghosts and dreams dwelling within the pages of his collection, transported through the legends of the music itself and back through his own turbulent existence as composer, British Army captain, dispossessed laird and imprisoned bankrupt, through a story where ambition to succeed has been thwarted at every turn.

The triumphs and tribulations of Captain Fraser’s life are played out through a tapestry of moving and rousing tunes and songs that lie at the heart of traditional Gaelic and Scottish music. The music from the play was commissioned as a CD on the Greentrax label and highly acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. The play was also adapted into an international award-winning radio series for BBC Radio Scotland. Dogstar’s last appearance at Celtic Connections was with Matthew Zajac’s fantastically successful solo show The Tailor of Inverness in 2009.

The Captain’s Collection is the recipient of a Creative Scotland Redistribution of Existing Work Investment Award.

Tickets are £11.25 (£9.25), £6 under 18s and are available now from Brunton Theatre Box Office on 0131 665 2240 or online at:




North Edinburgh Arts

Preview:  performance Tuesday 24 January 7.00pm


Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 January 8.00pm


Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

Friday 27 January 7.30pm


Perth Theatre

Tuesday 1 May 7.30pm


Eden Court Inverness

Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 May 7.30pm


Craignish Village Hall

Tuesday 8 May 7.30pm


Cove Burgh Hall

Wednesday 9 May 7.30pm


Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Thursday 10 May 7.30pm


Dundee Rep Theatre

Saturday 11 May 7.30pm


An Lanntair, Stornoway

Tuesday 15 May 8.00pm


Cumbernauld Theatre

Saturday 12 May 7.30pm


Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

Thursday 17 May 7.30pm


Woodend Barn, Banchory

Friday 18 May 7.30pm


Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Saturday 19 May 7.30pm


Traverse Theatre

Cambridge Street, Edinburgh

Tuesday 22 & Wednesday 23 May 7.30pm


Druimfin, Tobermory

Thursday 24 May 7.30pm



Alyth McCormack

Matthew Zajac


Ingrid Henderson

Jonny Hardie


Creative Team

Alison Peebles                                    Director

Hamish MacDonald                           Writer

Jonny Hardie                                      Musical Director

Ali Maclaurin                                      Design

Andrew Wilson                                  Lighting Design


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