Bill McLaren: The Voice of Rugby, by rugby journalist Rob Robertson in collaboration with Firebrand, is a gripping, moving and humorous exploration of the man behind the famous rugby commentator’s voice. The showcase production in September 2019 played to standing ovations and six sold-out performances at Heart of Hawick, McLaren’s home town. It celebrated the romantic love story at the heart of an extraordinary life which involved horrific wartime experiences at the battle of Monte Cassino, his personal battle with tuberculosis in his mid-20s and the lifelong passion for his sport and its values which brought him international fame and worldwide popular affection.
“Telling the life story of such a national treasure is a daunting prospect, but Firebrand and Rob Robertson have shown themselves more than up to the task.” (Mark Palmer, ***** The Sunday Times)
“Funny, sad and uplifting…this wonderful play explores the challenges and tragedies that shaped him. It is a story that deserves a wider telling.” (Alasdair Reid, ***** The Times)
What the audience thought:
“Hope that this is just the beginning for the play…Whether a fan of Bill McLaren, or someone who just wants to see a brilliant story told on stage, you would not be disappointed. So good.” Rory Lawson (former Scotland captain and McLaren’s grandson) on Twitter
“Absolutely wonderful: so clever, raw, emotional, witty, thoughtful, sensitive and creative…Firebrand Theatre Company are phenomenal!” Lindsay Aitken on Twitter
“Just been to see this amazing play. The cast were superb.” Anne Molloy on Twitter
“A superb production…A very long standing ovation at the end and an extremely emotional and entertaining night. A 5 star show.” Stuart Cameron on Twitter