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Velvet Evening Séance

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

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?

Written by multi-award winning playwright Suzie Miller and directed by multi-award winning magician and theatre-maker Ross MacKay.  

Produced by Freshly Squeezed Productions and Ross MacKay.

Velvet Evening Séance premiered at the Lemon Tree before performing and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017 and undertaking a tour of Scottish theatres in spring 2018.


Velvet Evening Seance Touring Brief
  • One actor
  • One live musician
  • One stage manager/projectionist
  • Flexible playing area
  • Set - minimum space required: 8m (w) x 4m (d) x 4.75m (h)
For tour bookings contact:

Lesley Anne Rose, Head of Production and Technical, Aberdeen Performing Arts
01224 337683
07719 343805
[email protected]

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Reviews:

"I know many productions that would kill for the mood and sense of style Velvet Evening Seance creates for its audience." - **** Broadway Baby

"Accompanied by the stunning musical composition of Jim Harbourne, Scott Gilmour performs with unwavering energy, the thought provoking writings of award winning playwright Suzie Miller." - **** Edinburgh Guide


Audience reviews:

"Writing, staging, direction and acting - it was pretty hard to fault any of these. Wonderful story telling, very clever show."

"Gripping story told in a fascinating way by an extremely talented actor. Overall brilliant show."

"Saw the show today and totally gripped from first to last minute. A fantastic, must see, performance from a very talented actor and an accomplished musician. A brilliant script, great set and very effective illusions."

"Saw Velvet Evening Seance today - absolutely brilliant. Superbly written and acted. Thoroughly recommend it."


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