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Black Watch to tour

After bowling over audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, BLACK Watch is to tour five Scottish towns and cities this spring, according to the Scotsman. The hit play, about a Scottish regiment and its soldiers on the front lines in Iraq, is a National Theatre of Scotland production.

Launched in February 2006, National Theatre of Scotland has energy and elan, but no building. It does not appear interested in one. It tours wherever it can find a stage.

In Edinburgh, people faced each other in two banks of seats, with a wide performance space in between where actors staged everything from mock parades to firefights in Iraq. Powerful music and sound effects included blasts of gunfire.

Playwright Gregory Burke interviewed serving and former soldiers. His play “won plaudits from military insiders for its no-nonsense portrayal of army life.” Black Watch reveals "what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror and what it means to make the journey home again."

Called "glorious. . .truthful. . .moving," the play is is expected to tour internationally. The only hitch is the difficulty in finding venues large enough to host the production.