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Bill McLaren: The Voice of Rugby

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Firebrand have been granted Creative Scotland funding to realise and develop Rob Robertson’s new play about the life and work of rugby and Scottish Borders icon, Bill McLaren.  Bill’s devotion to the values and disciplines of team sport both as top player, world-renowned commentator and inspirational school teacher, along with his dramatic wartime experiences and his later triumph over life-threatening illness, make his journey and lasting legacy of interest not only to the rugby fan but to anyone fascinated by the story of one of Scotland’s humblest and greatest cultural ambassadors.

Bill McLaren: The Voice of Rugby will be directed by Firebrand’s Richard Baron, whose recent production of Peter Arnott’s The Monarch of the Glen won the Best New Play award at the 2018 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). More news very soon about 2019 production dates and venue but in the meantime here’s wishing all our friends and supporters a very Happy Christmas and a joyous and prosperous New Year!

Rugby legend Bill McLaren "They'll be dancing in the streets of Hawick tonight!"

For press inquiries, please contact:

Liz Smith

07971 417210

[email protected]


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