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The Tailor of Inverness

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"The Tailor of Inverness" is the story of a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia and came to be a tailor in northern Scotland. More…

Matthew Zajac's internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning play follows this farm boy from Galicia, who was taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1939 and forced to work east of the Urals, then freed in an amnesty after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. He then joined the thousands of Poles who travelled to Tehran, then Egypt, to be integrated into the British Army, fighting in North Africa and Italy. He was then resettled in Britain in 1948, joining his brother in Glasgow. This story of journeys is about a son's search for his father, about 20th century Europe, about of deception, identity and survival.


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April 19th, 2015
"Matthew Zajac has a ghost story for you. And an adventure story and a detective story. It’s all the same story, apparently a true story, his and that of his father, who eventually settled in Inverness, Scotland. What happens before that and also long after are the subjects of his impassioned but...
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April 20th, 2015
"'The Tailor of Inverness' is a must for history buffs and Anglo-files alike...It's a intimate evening of storytelling, littered with creative storytelling techniques...Zajac is truly a visionary."
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April 20th, 2015
"I cannot imagine the psychic price Matthew Zajac must pay to portray his father, but he does it honorably and well, rendering him as a genial and spellbinding storyteller...'The Tailor of Inverness' is the tale of a youth spent in a world gone mad, and, without excusing him, it implicitly dares ...
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April 19th, 2015
"There are times when 'The Tailor of Inverness' does drag a bit as it attempts to balance explanations of geopolitics. But the central performance is never less than compelling, and the play overall gives us a view of the impact of World War II on a segment of its victims whose stories we do not ...
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