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Velvet Evening Séance

A co-production between Ross MacKay, Freshly Squeezed Productions and The Uncertainty Principle


The Lemon Tree

Friday 16 & Saturday 17 February 2018

It’s Victorian 1900s. A judge has allowed his jury to witness a séance to establish the guilt or innocence of the accused. James MacGregor, a well-known medium, is on trial for the murder of his brother. This séance is James’ last opportunity to prove his innocence. Amidst the candles and velvet, he attempts to connect with the jury and the spirit world.

Expect a journey of magic, crime and human fragility. Is James a charlatan, or a man who has found the truth?

Directed by multi-award winning magician and theatre-maker Ross MacKay. 

Produced by Freshly Squeezed Productions and Ross MacKay.



Praise for Ross MacKay’s previous work:

‘Bespoke – and quite brilliant’
The Times

‘Technically, visually, aurally and politically, it’s a tremendous show’ The Scotsman

‘You leave the show both pondering its themes and marvelling at its astonishing invention and imagination’ The Edinburgh Reporter

Velvet Evening Seance credits:

Developed and directed by: Ross MacKay
Developed and written by: Suzie Miller

James MacGregor performed by: Scott Gilmour

Composer and performer: Jim Harbourne
Set and costume design: Becky Minto
Lighting design: Andy Gannon
Video design: Lewis den Hertog
Design Assistant: Fraser Lappin