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Tailor Of Inverness
Saturday 20 February 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Lumsden Village Hall
Saturday 20 February 2016
Dogstar Theatre Company
Matthew Zajac’s multi-award-winning The Tailor of Inverness is a story of journeys, of how a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a tailor in Inverness. His life spanned most of the 20th century. His story is not straightforward. He was taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1939 and forced to work east of the Urals, then freed in an amnesty after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. He then joined the thousands of Poles who travelled to Tehran, then Egypt, to be integrated into the British Army, fighting in North Africa and Italy. He was then resettled in Britain in 1948, joining his brother in Glasgow. This is the story he told.
But there is another story, and perhaps a third and a fourth one, for in order to survive, he had to adopt different identities. Like all immigrants, the tailor had to adapt and he did that very successfully, integrating himself into the fabric of Highland life. And fabric was perhaps the most important medium through which he achieved this. He made a variety of clothes for thousands of people, including himself, constructing the outward trappings which play a part in defining who we are. Fabric. Fabrication.
“This is a towering piece of work with a glorious performance from the author.” Sunday Independent, Ireland
“An ardent, deeply personal play…compelling, impassioned…a fine actor.”
New York Times
“A universal work of theatre.” Sunday Herald
“A triumph.” The Observer
“A must…Zajac is truly a visionary” Broadway World, New York
“Compelling and magical.” Edinburgh Evening News
“Deeply affecting.” London Evening Standard
“Don’t miss it.” Radio Adelaide
“Brilliantly encapsulates the effects of war on individuals, families and societies.” The List
“… impassioned, compelling… a fine actor. New York Time 2015