Euan is having a whale of a time

Euan McIver (second left) with the rest of the original cast of A Cinema in South Georgia.
Euan McIver (second left) with the rest of the original cast of A Cinema in South Georgia.

An actor’s life is often a feast or famine, no work or a glut all at once, but for Gavinton’s Euan McIver its currently slow and steady!

Over the next three months he plays a Catholic missionary, a salty whaler, and finishes the year as a pantomime dame.

Returning to the boards at the Volunteer Hall, Duns, Euan is in the cast of Duns Players for their latest production ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ directed by Eloner Crawford.

“I’ve always been fascinated by accents and dialects, so appearing in Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ is giving me a wonderful opportunity to explore Donegal’s fine brogue!” said Euan.

“It’s a wonderful ‘memory play’ and I portray the solitary brother to five sisters who share the family home, back after 25 years as a Catholic missionary priest in a Ugandan leper colony, raddled with malaria. It’s certainly a new challenge but made all the easier by the wonderful cast of powerful women who portray my sisters.”

The Volunteer Hall also plays host to Euan in another guise, that of whaler Jim Gordon in ‘A Cinema in South Georgia’. The show proved a huge success last year, both locally and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival winning a number of four star reviews.

“I’m thrilled we are bringing it back to Berwickshire audiences,” said Euan. “The story of four Berwickshire men who went whaling in the South Atlantic has really captured people’s imaginations, it’s a little known area of social history, and a joy to be a part of.”

By December Euan will be donning high heels, bouffants and sparkles to return to The Maltings Theatre as dame for their annual pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’. “Pantomime is the example people know of a man playing a woman in theatre, and I’ve been lucky to play the dame for just about every pantomime there is,” said Euan.

Euan has been involved in professional pantomime for over 30 years and still relishes the challenge: “There is nothing like the buzz of live theatre – every show is different. We are so lucky to have so much live theatre locally.”

Dancing at Lughnasa - Duns Volunteer Hall on September 28, 29 and 30; A Cinema in South Georgia – Duns Volunteer Hall, October 7 and Leith Dockers Club, October 9; Sleeping Beauty – Maltings Theatre, Berwick, December 17–30.