Raven steps in after actor is forced to pull out of new play on terrorist drama

Raven steps in after actor is forced to pull out of new play on terrorist drama

Moray-based theatre company Right Lines Productions have announced a cast change in their powerful new play – Be Silent or Be Killed – after one of the actors had to pull out due to a leg injury.

Macduff actor Fraser Sivewright was due to play Roger Hunt, the North-east businessman who was caught up in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai and on whose true story the play is based. The production will be staged at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.

Right Lines producer/writer Euan Martin said: “Everyone in the company is desperately sorry that Fraser’s injury has made it impossible for him to carry on. He will be missed by us all and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“However, we are fortunate that at such short notice James Mackenzie has agreed to take over the part.”

James is probably best known as CBBC’s Raven but his other television credits include Dani’s House (CBBC/Foundation); CBBC on Air - Guest Presenter (BBC); SMart Guest Presenter, Sleeping Beauty (CBBC Christmas Special); See You See Me - Presenter (BBC); Still Game series V(BBC Scotland); Rebus (STV) and Taggart (STV).

His many stage credits include playing panto at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.

In Mumbai in 2008 to set up a new project for the Royal Bank of Scotland, Roger Hunt lay hidden and alone in his hotel room for 40 hours as terrorists moved from floor to floor seeking Western targets.

Amazingly, he was able to communicate via his BlackBerry with colleagues at RBS headquarters in Edinburgh, and it was this support, along with Roger’s calculated decision-making, personal resilience and determination to survive that led to his eventual rescue.

A multi-media project, Be Silent or Be Killed concerns the impact of international terrorism on the individual and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

The play opens in Inverness on Thursday, May 2 and will tour Scotland before finishing in Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Studio on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.

Tickets for The Lemon Tree performances are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Monday 29 April

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