Who Bares Wins
The writers of the most popular theatre shows to tour the Highlands in recent years are back on the road again with a brand new comedy.

Euan Martin and Dave Smith, creators of award-winning Highland Festival productions "The Wedding" or "The Accidental Death of an Accordionist", have conceived a new show called "Who Bares Wins", inspired by the antics of the Naked Rambler.

The Naked Rambler captured the headlines in the summer of 2003 as he made his way from Land's End to John O' Groats completely naked apart from boots and rucksack.

His progress was somewhat erratic however, as he was frequently arrested (particularly around Evanton!) and spent several weeks in prison. He finally completed the walk in January 2004 - not the best time of year to be indulging in northern exposure!

"We were amused by the great comedy potential in the Rambler's story, but we were also interested in the more serious issues raised by the stop-start nature of his journey North".

In addition to the arrests and time behind bars, the Rambler was also assaulted, robbed and taken to a Psychiatric hospital for assessment.

Set against the backdrop of a remote community eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Rambler for its own special reasons, "Who Bares Wins" explores society's wide range of attitudes to nudity in an evening of quick changes and fast-paced comedy action.

"Who Bares Wins" features two actors well-known to Highland audiences. Alyth McCormack starred in Highland Festival productions "The Wedding" and "Seven Hunters" and toured the Highlands recently in "Seven Ages" with Dogstar Theatre Company. Alyth is also one of the country's finest Gaelic singers and tours the world as a solo artist and with bands "Shine" and "Sun Honey".

Ron Emslie has a very impressive list of film and television credits including "The Chinese Detective", "The Bill" and "Doctors". He has had a long career in theatre appearing in "Godspell", "Piaf" directed by Sir Peter Hall and 1200 performances with the original production of "Buddy". This summer, he received great acclaim for his performances in the Highland Festival's touring show "Minatures"

The show is directed by Mark Saunders who has created a wide spectrum of theatre in Scotland for many years, both as performer and director. Since 1992, he has been Lecturer in Movement at RSAMD in Glasgow where his directorial work has ranged from Greek tragedy to Panto.

"It's a very talented Team. In addition to Alyth and Ron, we were lucky to secure the services of Mark, with whom we have worked on two previous shows - and having Brian Gorman as stage manager ensures an experienced hand behind the scenes".

Right Lines Productions is Euan Martin and Dave Smith's new company, committed to creating and touring comedy theatre in the Highlands of Scotland and beyond.

Although "Who Bares Wins" is not an interactive piece like "The Wedding" or "The Accidental Death of an Accordionist", the show may yet throw up some off-stage surprises: "who knows, the audience may enter into the spirit of things - and "dress down" for the occasion!" In addition to theatre work, Euan and Dave have also ventured into writing for television. "We were asked to contribute to BBC Scotland's Gaelic sketch show "Ran Dan" and the results can be seen on BBC2 at 7pm each Thursday evening in December in the run up to Christmas, commencing 2nd December".

Thanks to a grant from Awards for All, Right Lines will follow up "Who Bares Wins" with a one man show called "Watching Bluebottles" in Spring 2005.

Rehearsals for "Who Bares Wins" will commence in Glasgow on 8th November for one week. (Birds of Paradise Theatre Company rehearsal rooms, 333, Woodlands Rd, Glasgow). Thereafter, rehearsals will transfer to Arts In Motion, Unit 6, Evanton Industrial Estate, Beechwood Rd, Evanton for two weeks.

he premiere of the show will be performed at Invergordon Arts Centre on Sat 27th November at 7.30pm.