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Jamie and Claire in Aberdeen this Saturday!

Edinburgh born actor and singer, Allan Scott-Douglas has worked extensively in various musical and theatrical productions all over the UK since graduating with distinction from drama school in 2006.

In 2009, he had the distinct honour of being cast as ‘Scotland’s favourite son’, poet Robert Burns in ‘Ae Fond Kiss: The Life and Loves of Robert Burns’ for which he received critical acclaim. This included recording his first ever ‘Original Cast Recording CD’ which has been useful experience for his work on ‘Outlander – The Musical’.

He has also recently been involved in a modern day re-telling of the legend of King Arthur, playing the Macchiavelian war monger Sir Breunor. The play had it’s World Premiere in 2009 at the Edinburgh Fringe and is currently being re-rehearsed for an open air run in a castle in September. It is then likely to be touring all over the UK in 2011.

Allan is absolutely delighted to have joined the Outlander universe and hopes he can live up to the expectations and fluttering hearts that Jamie’s words have set over the years — if all else fails, he is at least a 6’4″ redhead who regularly wears a kilt and whose nose is slightly too long…so at least he’s got that part of Jamie covered!

Sue Robertson (Claire)

(sorry, no picture available yet!)

Sue started on stage at the grand old age of 16 with Dundee Operatic Society (DOS) with whom she has played many principal roles over the years such as Nancy in ‘Oliver’, Minnie-Fay in ‘Show Boat’, Adelaide. in ‘Guys & Dolls’ and Millie in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’. Sue has also had the privilege of working alongside playwright Mike Gibb playing the part of Grace on four occasions during 2005 – 2007 in theatres across Scotland in his musical play ‘Five Pound & Twa Bairns’ and Barbara in ‘Sunday Morning on Dundee Law’ which Kevin Walsh wrote the music for. She has also been in the ‘The Steamie’ playing Doreen in 2002 and again in 2004. Sue has recently enjoyed playing the ‘mad’ role of Helen for the second time, working with the cast of ‘The Berries – Twa an’ a Half Pence a Pund’, written by her husband Dundee author, poet and playwright Gary Robertson.

July 31st—that’s THIS Saturday!—is “Tartan Day” in Aberdeen. Which would naturally be cause for great excitement on its own [g]. However…

This Saturday is also the Official Launch of OUTLANDER: The Musical, with three live showcase performances of songs from the show. Mike Gibb, lyricist and producer of the show, says:

“The showcases are in the Drum Aisle (where the ancient “Drum of Irvines” were buried) of St Nicholas Kirk in the centre of Aberdeen at 1.00, 2.15 and 3.30 on Saturday. Admission is free. Any Gabaldonians wanting to come should email me (info@hamepages.com) so I can reserve seats. Reckon all will be “sold out” as it is at a Scotsman’s favourite price! Lots of overseas holiday makers over here just now as well and an article going into the local press on Thursday.”

Those of us not fortunate enough to be in Aberdeen this weekend are promised later video of the event, though! If that works out, it’ll be up on the OUTLANDER:The Musical YouTube Channel as soon as possible.

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  1. OH! OH NO! Did I just read that???? LOL! Hilarious!!

    These posts just get better and better~ :)
    I gotta get me a redhead.

  2. Dear Diana (and Allan),

    I am tickled that there is now a soundtrack of sorts to listen to. The samples are a tease. I'm looking forward to hearing the entire score.
    Also, if you have been watching "The Pillars of the Earth" mini-series, I wondered if you thought the quality of the production would translate to "Outlander", noting of course the eras are different?

    And to Allan, your welcome- it was my pleasure to add your link ;). Break a leg-you'll make a braw Jamie. All the fans are very much looking forward to the video of the performance.


  3. Dear Lynda–

    Haven't seen "The Pillars of the Earth," no (I never have time to watch TV; that's why I'm at such a disadvantage when people ask me who I'd pick to play Jamie–I don't know _any_ actors). As to production quality…geez, who knows? It would depend on who did the production, I imagine.

  4. Diana and Allan,

    I must say first off that I literally got chills when I listened to the song, it is just beautiful and beautifully sung.

    On another note am I the only one who thinks it's just slightly funny that Outlander has been turned into a musical when one of the main characters happens to be tone def?

  5. I agree Diana. Though that guy they posted the link to is good looking, is is definitely not Jamie. The strawberry blond I am married to is 6'5" and very muscular. He is my "Jamie". :)

    I think getting a book character transferred to the big screen would be a difficult job, not everyone is going to be happy. For example, I loved the Twilight Series books, but felt the casting for the movies was horrible and thought they were dreadful. The main character was suppose to be super model hot and Robert Pattenson is just not that for me. Not sure I would see the Outlander as a movie, I would be afraid it would distort the images I have of the characters you have created for me in the books, the characters I love. :) I have read all the books and am listening to the audio tapes for the 2nd time (or at least the 1st 4 books since you didn't do unabridged with 5 & 6 and I couldn't listen to anyone do Claire but Davina Porter).

  6. Dear Jana–

    YES, there are unabridged versions of FIERY CROSS and ABOSA, read by Davina Porter. You just have to order them from Recorded Books (www.recordedbooks.com), rather than audible.com. A non-compete clause in the abridged contract prevents us from selling the UNabridged version until each book's licensing contract expires. It _has_ expired for the first four books, and will expire for FIERY CROSS next year. But in the meantime, the books are still certainly available.

  7. OMG!! Thank you so much for that information!! I love you! LOL

  8. Goodness gracious me, I think I'm in love, but don't go telling my husband that. *grin*

  9. Oh what fun!!! and yes the audio versions by Davina Porter are just wonderful too!!!

  10. Oh my I wish I could have seen the production. I hope sometime soon this will come to the states. I would love to hear Mr. Douglas' voice will there be any soundbites from him?

  11. Dear buttrfly–

    There are sample snippets from all the songs (and the complete, downloadable version of one song) on the CD's website:

    http://www.outlanderthemusical.com . Allan sings on many of the tracks, and you can hear his speaking voice on the whole song, "Ist tu fuil.." ("Blood of my blood.")

  12. I have practically worn out my CD of Outlander already – love it! While I have serious reservations about an Outlander movie (for the "not what I had in my mind" issues mentioned above and elsewhere), once I got past the Jamie-is-tone-deaf situation, I didn't have any such issues with a musical interpretation of Outlander.

    I, too, got goosebumps on first hearing "Blood of My Blood". My favourite song is probably "Falling", followed closely by "I am Ready" (great singing, Allan!). Say The Words is hauntingly beautiful but with those haunting lyrics, and having read the book, almost too painful to listen to.

    I think Allan is ideal as Jamie (especially with those looks :-) ).

    PS Redheads rule!! (well, I am biased – I am one :-) )

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