The Red Chair

Written and performed by Sarah Cameron, The Red Chair is a surreal ballad that tells the story of a man who could not stop eating, the wife doomed to cook his meals and their ‘inveesible’ daughter.

Told in a saucy Scots dialect, a musical score that roles in like the mist over the hills, The Red Chair lies somewhere between a Grimm’s tale and an absurdist ghost story.

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“If Wes Anderson were to turn his hand to epic poetry he would have produced something like this… a deliciously surreal tale of laziness, gluttony, dereliction of parental duty and, in the end, love.”
★★★★★ Argus Angel Award Winner, Brighton Festival 2015

“Like all the best storytellers, she weaves a kind of spell around those who have gathered to listen to her.”
★★★★ The Times

“absolutely extraordinary… perched on the wildest edge between theatre and storytelling”
★★★★ The Scotsman

“highly distinctive dramatic monologue… this Scottish tour is a very welcome celebration of the Scots tongue, storytelling and theatrical performance itself.”
★★★★ The Sunday Herald


Written and performed by Sarah Cameron
Directed by Suzy Willson
Music by Paul Clark
Design by Sarah Blekinsop
Lighting by Hansjorg Schmidt

Produced in association with Fuel

Photography by Manuel Vason

Supported by

2017 Tour:
The Touring Network
Creative Scotland

2015 Tour:
Stanely Thomas Johnson Foundation
The Leche Trust

Performed at

2017 Tour:
Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Eden Court, Inverness
Seaboard Centre, Balintore
Aros, Isle of Skye
Macphail Centre, Ullapool
Gairloch Community Hall
Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Theatre Royal Dumfries
Dundee Rep Theatre

2015 Tour:
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival
The Lowry, Salford Quays
All Stretton Village Hall
Tarrant Gunville Village Hall
Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall
Corby Cube
The Birmingham Rep
Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London
Dome Studio, Brighton
Malvern Cube
Live At Lica, Lancaster
Soho Theatre, London
Canada Water Culture Space, London
Lakeside Theatre, Colchester
Northern Stage, Newcastle
Turner Contemporary, Margate