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RUSSELL BARR has worked as an actor for over ten years. He has worked extensively in film and theatre after training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

His first play Sisters, Such Devoted Sisters was first performed at the Traverse in an Out of Joint production directed by Max Stafford Clark. It won the Carol Tambor/ Scotsman award for the best production at the Edinburgh Festival 2004, and when on to do two runs in London at the Drill Hall, and two runs off broadway.

His other plays include Vantastic and Lobster which were commissioned for Queer up North 2009. A double bill of  Vantastic and Lobster was performed at the Oval House Theatre in Autumn 2009. A Dish Of Tea With Dr Johnson, co - written with Ian Redmond and directed by Max Stafford-Clark, enjoyed a UK tour in Spring 2011, as part of the British Council Edinburgh Festival Showcase. Russell is a recipient of multiple awards from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.



Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson, A
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Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson, A

James Boswell, Russell Barr, Ian Redford, Max Staf

Meet Samuel Johnson – poet, essayist, compiler of the first English dictionary. This evening of anecdotes and witty conversation brings to life one of the most colourful figures of the eighteenth century: irritable, generous, depressive yet hilarious. And meet characters from his life, from biographer James Boswell and painter Joshua Reynolds, to the society hostess who was Johnson’s final, unrequited, love.

Based on James Boswell’s A Life of Samuel Johnson and A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, this new play adapted by Russell Barr, Ian Redford and the legendary Max Stafford-Clark is sure to delight and amuse.

'Let’s have no talk of dumbing down. This urbane, witty piece is an intelligent, uncompromising, but accessible, introduction to Samuel ‘Dictionary’ Johnson... Yet another triumph for Max Stafford-Clark and Out of Joint.' Susan Elkin,  The Stage         

Cast : 9M, 2F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-106-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
The Ugly Spirit
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The Ugly Spirit

Russell Barr

Berlin. 1973.
A soprano lies dead on a blanket.
The human mind will not function when it is hot. Only when it is cool and dispassionate.
If you are not careful you will no longer be human. If you are not careful you will become animals covered in sand. You are our descendants. You are very special.
Some of you are to be precisely registered and preserved. You will become our most important historical monument.
’Bessie and Jessie have been stuck in a bombed ballroom. They are also stuck together. There appears to be no escape. Bessie is happy to be stuck. Surely it is better than being alone? Jessie often went blue as a child.
Jessie clutches the last unopened Christmas present.
They are instructed by a voice, The Special Detachment, who only eats strawberries, and keeps the world in order.
Bessie and Jessie have a model trainset. The train is driven by a live rodent. The train has been moving for too many years.
The train is about to fall off its tracks.


Cast : 2F, 3M (including one rodent)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-222-1 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB