Forestry Commission Scotland pitches in to help theatre production

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28 MAY 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15955

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Forestry Commission Scotland has stepped in to help the National Theatre Scotland stage a stunning new adaptation of acclaimed vampire tale, Let The Right One In.

Based on the novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist, the tender, funny and brutal love story looks at the relationship that develops between a lonely, bullied teenage boy and a centuries-old vampire!

With some scenes from the production set in a forest, the design team approached Forestry Commission Scotland’s Tayside team for assistance.

Forester, Eva Sparreboom, said;

“The designers wanted to create a really atmospheric and authentic set and came to us to see if we could provide them with some real trees.

“Coincidentally we were about to carry out some birch thinning operations at Deuchny Wood near Perth, so we took them to have a look around and they ended up selecting about 30 birch trees of different sizes. 

“The trees average about 9m in height, are of varying diameters, and have a combined weight of around 8 tonnes, so we took care to make sure that during felling and transporting them the trees weren’t damaged and that they would be in perfect condition for being set up on stage.

“It’s something of a first for us but we were glad to help out and I think the end result is going to be absolutely amazing. I’m really looking forward to seeing the show!”

The production is due to open at the Dundee Rep Theatre on 5 June.

The National Theatre of Scotland also shot a promotional trailer for the production in Tentsmuir Forest, which they are hoping will generate a lot of buzz – and the right kind of atmosphere for the production. ( )

Chris Hay, National Theatre of Scotland spokesperson said;

 “We were really fortunate to have sourced both trees and filming environment from local forests, and even more fortunate that we were able to handpick trees from an area where some thinning was needed. We are very grateful to  Forestry Commission Scotland’s Tayside team for their support."

For more information about the production – and to book tickets for the show - visit

Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate

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3. Since its launch in February 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating 189 productions in 162 different locations. With no building of its own, the Company takes theatre all over Scotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests.  The Company has performed to over 830,000 people across four continents.  The Company is funded by the Scottish Government.

4. Adaptation by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany, the National Theatre of Scotland production is by arrangement with Marla Rubin Productions Ltd and Bill Kenwright, and in association with Dundee Rep Theatre.

5. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.