Damned Rebel Bitches - named after a quote attributed to the Duke of Cumberland during the Jacobite uprising.  The ‘damned rebel bitches’ were women who accompanied their men folk to the battlefield; bringing their children with them to just behind the front line so that the men would never retreat. Because of their influence, the army was wildly successful.

Tired of seeing elderly characters representing metaphors for time and death onstage the play is based on the war years generation of Scottish women, who are resourceful, independent and sanguine about taking risks because they have lost everything more than once. With a cast aged between 75 and 30, the play uses age-blind casting to explore preconceptions around how age changes a person and the importance of autonomy.  

It uses music, photographs and filmic montage to create a story that is vast in scope. Featuring an International Cast from Scotland, England, USA and Canada.

The play marries approaches to illness and end of life decisions with a vibrant adventure story across New York in the teeth of Hurricane Sandy. From the Clydeside Blitz in 1941 to the liberation of Odessa in 1944 and the immigration queues of Ellis Island in 1950 the story of Ella and Agnes’ past lives are told whilst they fiercely inhabit their future. As lights and power go out across New York in 2012 Ella hunts down her missing grandchild and the man who married and battered her sister decades before.

The production is supported by online content / intergenerational workshops on digital media - tweeted and disseminated via YouTube.

Written and Directed by Sandy Thomson

Sound Design: Dave Boyd

Cast: Tina Grey, Geoff Pounsett, Eilidh McCormick, Jeremiah Reynolds

Development Choreography: Rosina Bonsou

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