David Greig's MIDSUMMER [A PLAY WITH SONGS] Makes NY Premiere at Theatre Row, 1/9-26
Gordon McIntyre (Songwriter/Musician) is a member of the band ballboy, with whom he has released five albums. He also has a solo side project named Money Can’t Buy Music, which produced the album The Universe for Beginners and has released the album Midsummer (featuring songs from the show) under his own name. He has toured extensively across the UK, Europe and the USA and his music has been used in films and television shows in the UK, Australia and in the USA. He has recorded numerous radio sessions with the band and solo including five Peel Sessions as well as sessions for BBC Scotland, xfm and many other stations around the UK and Europe. For more information visit www.ballboymusic.com.
Cora Bissett (Helena) is an actress, theatre director and runs her own theatre company, Pachamama. Cora started out in bands as a singer, was signed to Phonogram at 17, survived a great rock n roll swindle to then study at the RSAMD and has worked across a diverse range of styles with theatre companies across Scotland and the UK. Cora won The Stage Award for Best Actress for her performance in Traverse Theatre Company production of Midsummer [a play with songs] at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009. Cora has since toured with Midsummer [a play with songs] around the UK and to Ireland, Canada, Washington and Australia. Other theatre includes: Sub Rosa (Fire Exit in association With the Citizens Theatre); Slick (Vox Motus); Sunset Song (Prime Productions); A Streetcar Named Desire (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh) A Comedy of Errors (The Lyceum) Electra (The Gate, london) Caledonian Road (The Almeida London). Film work includes; Red Road by Andrea Arnold, Pasty Faces, Reichenbach Falls and David Mackenzies’ new Festival feature You Instead. TV work includes regular roles in Bafta Winning High Times, River City, Rebus, Taggart and as the barmaid in Scottish Cult series Rab C Nesbitt. Her play Roadkill won the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre Olivier Award in 2012. It had an overwhelming response at its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010, where it picked nine major awards as part of the Traverse Theatre Festival season. Roadkill played sold out runs in Paris, London (Barbican) and has toured internationally throughout 2012. Cora most recently directed a major new musical, The Glasgow Girls, written by David Greig, which opened in October 2012, a co-production from National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Citizens Theatre, Pachamama Productions and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in association with Merrigong Theatre Company, Australia. Glasgow Girls will transfer to London in 2013.
Matthew Pidgeon (Bob) trained at RSAMD. Theatre work for the Traverse includes: Kyoto, The Nest. Other theatre work includes: This House (National Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, The Mysteries (Shakespeare's Globe); Caledonia, Realism, The Wonderful World of Dissocia (National Theatre of Scotland); The Cherry Orchard, The Man Who Had All The Luck, The Wizard of Oz, Vanity Fair, Pinocchio, The Glass Menagerie (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh); The Lying Kind (Royal Court); Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Big Lie (Royal Shakespeare Company at Latitude Festival); The Tempest (Tron Theatre Glasgow); 8000M (Suspect Culture); Born Guilty (7:84). Film work includes: The Winslow Boy, State and Main, A Shot at Glory, Chopsticks, The Americano. TV includes: Fiona's Story, Taggart, Casualty, Holby City, This Morning With Richard Not Judy. Radio includes: McLevy, Midsummer, The Cloths of Heaven, Kyoto, The Black Sheep, Kaffir Lillies, Devastated Areas, The Lion of Chechnya, The Holly and the Ivy (BBC).