Black Watch

Winner of the 2007 Writers’ Guild Award for Best Theatre Play

June 6 – 15, 2008

Presented By
CTV and The Globe and Mail

The Canadian Premiere of Black Watch is made possible by a generous gift from Rob and Cheryl McEwen through Luminato's SuperNova Program Development Fund. This international tour of Black Watch is supported by the British Council.


Black Watch is theatre at its most shattering, its most harrowing, its most savagely funny. This is the kind of theatre that brings you leaping to your feet, or stuns you into silence – the kind of theatre you might not encounter more than once in a lifetime.

Black Watch is an astonishing artistic whirlwind that is utterly international in its approach. The world must see this play: Immediately.

— The Herald (Scotland)
Inspired by interviews that playwright Gregory Burke conducted with former soldiers who served with the legendary Scottish regiment in Iraq, director John Tiffany’s Black Watch transports its audience from a pub in central Scotland to the blistering desert plains south of Baghdad, as it follows an armoured car crew on their odyssey into the outer reaches of human experience.

Never before seen in Canada, Black Watch has been stunning audiences around the world since its critically acclaimed debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 2006. So profound has been the artistic, political and social impact of this extraordinary work that one British critic called it “the first landmark cultural event of the 21st century.”


Produced by the National Theatre Of Scotland.


Creative Team

Gregory Burke was born in Dunfermline in 1968. Previous writing includes: LiarOn TourThe StraitsGagarin WayOccy Eyes, and Shellshocked. Gregory has won the Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play 2007 and The List Best Theatre Writing Award 2006 for Black Watch. He is currently under commission with the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Gregory Burke 

John Tiffany is Associate Director (New Work) for the National Theatre of Scotland. His recent work includes: The Bacchae (The Natinoal Theatre of Scotland / Edinburgh International Festival), Elizabeth Gordon Quinn and Home: Glasgow (National Theatre of Scotland). John has won a clutch of awards in recent years including the Critics' Circle Award for Best Director and a South Bank Show Award for Black Watch, a Fringe First for Black Watch and Herald Angels for The Bacchae and Black Watch. In 2007, Black Watch won Best Director, Best Production, Best Ensemble and Best Technical Presentation at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

John Tiffany 

Gregory Burke

John Tiffany

Steven Hoggett

Davey Anderson

Laura Hopkins

Gareth Fry

Colin Grenfell

Jessica Brettle

Leo Warner & Mark Grimmer for Fifty Nine Productions Ltd