The Girl With Red Hair Press Release January 17, 2005

by Sharman Macdonald
Directed by Mike Bradwell
At the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
18th February – 12th March 2005
Press night: Saturday 19th February, 7.45pm
At Hampstead Theatre, London
23rd March – 16th April
Press night: Thursday 24th March, 7pm

"I miss the torch of your hair that had the red sun in it, your hair like silk on my fingers."

London's renowned powerhouse of new writing spreads its wings further afield with the new and highly anticipated play from Sharman Macdonald. Co-produced with Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, and premiering there in February, THE GIRL WITH RED HAIR will be seen by London audiences at Hampstead Theatre in North London in March, a first for both theatres. With a cast of eight and a setting that shifts between a shoreline and a clifftop churchyard, The Bush broadens its horizons with this Bush commissioned play.

THE GIRL WITH RED HAIR is set in a Scottish summer. A warm breeze floats over the sea as the sun bakes the sand dunes. In a small town on the west coast, three generations are profoundly affected by the death of seventeen year-old Roslyn. Through bickering and silence, playacting and flirting, intimate personal details are revealed between friends and strangers, old and young. Sharman Macdonald's new play goes straight to the heart of a community ripped apart by grief and delicately explores the agony of bereavement and the rediscovery of love. THE GIRL WITH RED HAIR is a warm portrait of human relationships, handled with wit and a lightness of touch which cuts through the pain and points towards the possibility of recovery.

Sharman Macdonald is one of Scotland's leading writers, who has worked closely for many years with The Bush. Her first play, When I was a Girl I used to Scream and Shout, premiered at The Bush and won the Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright Award in 1984. Her other plays include The Brave, When We Were Women, All Things Nice, The Winter Guest (also a film, directed by Alan Rickman) and After Juliet.

Bush artistic director Mike Bradwell will direct a cast which includes Sean Biggerstaff (The Winter Guest and Harry Potter 1 & 2); Sheila Reid and Sandra Voe (The Winter Guest), and Patricia Kerrigan (Shang-a-Lang tour and Falling at The Bush).
Edinburgh Lyceum Box office: 0131 248 4848. Hampstead Box Office: 020 7722 9301

For further information, please contact Alexandra Gammie on 020 7833 2627,
07803 248230 or

The Bush Theatre and the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company present the world premiere of
THE GIRL WITH RED HAIR by Sharman Macdonald
Directed by Mike Bradwell
Designed by Robin Don
Lighting design by Gerry Jenkinson
Cast: Sean Biggerstaff, Emma Chapman-Jones, Joanne Cumming, Christopher Dunne, Patricia Kerrigan, Helen McAlpine, Sheila Reid, Sandra Voe.

At the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh.
18th February – 12th March 2005, Tuesday – Saturday, 7.45pm.
Saturday matinees: 26th Feb, 5th and 12th March, 2.30pm; Weds matinees: 2nd and 9th March, 2.30pm.
Press night: Saturday 19th February, 7.45pm
Edinburgh Lyceum Box office: 0131 248 4848.

At Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU
23rd March – 16th April 2005, Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm. Saturday matinees: 3pm
No performances Good Friday or Easter Monday (March 25th or 28th).
Press Night: Thursday 24th March, 7pm.
Ticket prices: Previews & Monday evenings £13.00; Tuesday – Friday eves & matinees £19.00
Saturday evenings £22.00. Concessions: £10 and £6.
Hampstead Theatre Box Office: 020 7722 9301 or

Tickets also available from The Bush Box Office on 020 7610 4224 and

Sharman Macdonald was born in Glasgow in 1951. Educated at the University of Edinburgh, she graduated in 1972 and moved to London where she acted with the 7:84 theatre company and at the Royal Court Theatre. While she was working as an actress, she wrote her first play, When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout, first performed at the Bush Theatre in 1984. The play won the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. Her other plays include The Brave, commissioned by the Bush Theatre; When We Were Women, first performed at the Cottesloe Theatre; All Things Nice, commissioned by the English Stage Company and performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 1991; The Winter Guest, commissioned and directed by Alan Rickman and filmed in 1997 starring Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law; and After Juliet, a sequel to Romeo and Juliet dealing with Rosalind's story after the death of Juliet, commissioned by the Royal National Theatre for the BT National Connections Scheme for young people. She is also the author of two novels, The Beast (1986) and Night Night (1988), and wrote the screenplay for Wild Flowers (1989) for Channel 4 Television and the BBC Radio play Sea Urchins. A further radio play, Gladly My Cross Eyed Bear, was broadcast in 1999. She wrote the libretto to Hey Persephone!, performed at Aldeburgh with music by Deirdre Gribbin.

Mike Bradwell is Artistic Director of The Bush Theatre. Work in 2004 includes Adrenalin… Heart at the Tokyo International Festival, the national tour of The Glee Club and, most recently, Gong Donkeys at The Bush.