Uncle Varick

By John Byrne

Directed by Michael Emans
Design By Jessica Brettle
Lighting by Malcolm Rogan
Sound by Amir Sherhan
Musical Director Dave Anderson

Tour Dates

April -
June 2014

Rapture Theatre and Mull Theatre, in association with the Tolbooth, are delighted to present Uncle Varick, John Byrne’s contemporary adaptation of Chekov’s classic Uncle Vanya.

Relocated to 1960’s rural Scotland, Uncle Varick is the moving yet humorous story of what happens when the rock and roll of swinging sixties London collides with the rock and moss of remote Scotland.

It follows Sandy Sheridan, pretentious art critic and self proclaimed cultural icon, who returns from London to his Scottish country pile – with his new, much younger, wife in tow. Waiting for him are his stoical daughter Shona and his acerbic ex-brother in law: Uncle Varick. Add in the handsome local doctor and the not so handsome neighbour and you have a play full of comedy, jealousy, pathos, passion and lust – and not forgetting some very dodgy chain saws.

Set against a sensational sixties soundtrack, arranged and performed by Dave ‘Wildcat’ Anderson, Uncle Varick is an entertaining and thought provoking night out.

“I welcome Rapture’s brand new production of my ‘Uncle Varick’ with open arms, not only because it’s the first revival since it premiered in 2004, but to witnessing what sounds like a really terrific cast giving the old bugger a theatrical ‘kiss of life’ – Bravo, Michael Emans!”

John Byrne (writer of Tutti Frutti & The Slab Boys)

Tour Dates

28 April 2014

30 April 2014

East Kilbride

1 May 2014


4 May 2014

12 May 2014


13 May 2014

14 May 2014

16 May 2014


19 May 2014


20 May 2014

21 May 2014


22 May 2014

24 May 2014

Tobermory, Isle of Mull

2 - 3 June 2014


4 June 2014

6 June 2014


Cast & Creatives

Jimmy Chisholm


George Anton


Maureen Carr


John Stahl


Ashley Smith


Dave Anderson


Selina Boyack


Anne Kidd


Steven Scott Fitzgerald


Michael Emans


Jessica Brettle


Malcolm Rogan

Lighting Designer

Amir Sheerhan

Sound Designer

Dave Anderson

Musical Director

Show Information

Running Time
2 hours 30 mins
Age Recommendation
Suitable for 14+ years


Uncle Varick - Learning Resource Pack

Uncle Varick - Programme

Read a digital copy of the show programme.

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