“The Tanner” arrives at the Hollywood Fringe for its much-anticipated U.S. premiere. A searing portrayal of the reality of the battles fought by the Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace, as seen through the eyes of a common soldier (The Tanner). This stunning play shows the brutality of war and the heavy costs paid by the ordinary men and their families who choose to follow the leaders, nobles and clan chiefs into combat – in these instances, to win back their freedom from the oppressive forces of a foreign monarch. The macabre twist that ends the play speaks to the vengeance wrought by those who lose so much.
“The Tanner” has received multiple 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and been performed at historic sites in Scotland and England. Notably, the play has been vetted by Historic Scotland (the government office that oversees all historical monuments and events), as well as The School of History at the University of Edinburgh and has been declared historically accurate.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Written and performed by Alex McSherry; Produced by Fringe Management, LLC; Co-Produced by Samantha de Gyarfas.
ALEX McSHERRY (Writer & Performer) is a Scottish writer, producer, director, actor and
university lecturer. With over 40yrs experience and 30 or so Edinburgh Fringes. His stage credits include The Tanner (Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Scottish tour); The Passion, St. Joan, The Taming of the Shrew, The Death of Arthur, The Lass wi the Muckle Moo, Joan of Arc (Theatre Alba, Edinburgh Festival Fringe) Spiderman: The Amazing True Story of Robert The Bruce East End Theatre, Glasgow); “Romeo and Juliet,” “Julius Caesar,” “Anthony and Cleopatra,” “The Winter’s Tale” (Things Newborn Theatre); “Baptism of Fire,” “The King is Dead,” “A Flight of Fancy” (Flashback Theatre Company); “The Turkey That Fight Back” (Traverse). Film credits include “Neds” (Dir. Peter Mullan, Blue Light Productions); “Outcast” (Dir.: Colm McCarthy, Bankside Films); “The Adventures of Greyfriar’s Bobby” (Dir: John Henderson, Piccadilly Films).
Television work: “Garrow’s Law,” “The House of God” (BBC), “Taggart,” “Dead Man Walking,” “Fire, Burn and Butterfingers” (STV). Alex is also a professor of Film and Television Production, Screenwriting, Directing & Producing Skills, and Media Law at SAE
FRINGE MANAGEMENT, LLC (Producer) has produced over 100 plays around the world,
including over 80 shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (winning them the coveted Spirit of the Fringe Award), including the Fringe First winner “runt,” (Sony Radio Academy Award for BBC World Service production); “This is So Not About the Simpsons” (starring Harry Shearer of “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Simpsons”) and several productions featuring the international comedy sensation The Pajama Men (Perrier Best Newcomer Nominee, Times Dubble Act award, Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festival Winners, Soho Theatre London Box Office record). Its other producing credits include “Latina Christmas Special” and “Bard Overboard” Off-Broadway, the Hollywood Fringe Festival productions of “Richard Parker” (Best International Production), “Bumpersticker” (Best Musical Nominee) and “Pick of the Fringe” (two-time Best Cabaret nominee) as well as “Bukowsical” (Best Musical) at the New York International Fringe Festival.
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