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Screenings 13 June 2019

Star of stage and screen to appear at the Hippodrome Bo’ness

The Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness will be hosting a very special guest at the upcoming broadcast of Small Island with National Theatre Live on Thursday 27th June

The Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness will be hosting a very special guest at the upcoming broadcast of Small Island with National Theatre Live on Thursday 27th June. Bo’ness-born Andrew Rothney, one of the stars of the National Theatre’s latest broadcast, will be returning to his home-town to attend the Hippodrome screening of the show in which he appears. After the show 31-year-old Andrew will take part in an exclusive live interview and audience Q&A about his part in the play and his exciting work in theatre, film and television. Filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday, Small Island is the stage adaptation of Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel, and has
wowed the critics, selling-out for its entire run at the Olivier Theatre in London. The play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK from the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. Andrew’s role is Bernard Bligh: an RAF soldier serving in India whose wife Queenie is left behind in London trying to survive and make ends meet.

Alison Strauss (Arts Development Officer, Film and Media, Falkirk Community Trust) said:

“We are absolutely thrilled that Andrew is coming back to his roots in Bo’ness. I’m a big fan of the NT Live shows. Their filming techniques are tailored to every play, from close-ups that capture every flicker of emotion, to sweeping wide shots of the stage. The productions bring everyone the best seats in the house. And what’s more the Hippodrome is the perfect venue to watch these productions because it has all the style of a traditional theatre – complete with balcony, red velvet seats and of course a fully licenced bar.”

“For Small Island the experience will be made even more special by the VIP guest appearance. We will be getting out our red carpet in honour of the occasion.”

Andrew Rothney trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Conservatoire). His work in theatre includes The James Plays (as James II) for the National and the National Theatre Scotland. His TV includes The Victim, Holby City, Shetland and Outlander. His film work includes Blackbird (premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013), and most as King James 1 opposite Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots.

Small Island (certificate 15) screens at the Hippodrome Bo’ness on Thursday 27th June at 19:00. Tickets are £14.55 (£11.80 conc.) available from the Box
Office on 01324 506850 or online here

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