The Board of Theatre Alba were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Artistic Director Charles Nowosielski.
Charlie passed away after a short illness on 5 May. 2020
Theatre Alba was created in 1981 and from its first production, Tamlane, created a unique vision of Scotland with performances of contemporary plays in Scots language.
Charlie’s gift was in creating enthralling and emotional dramatic atmospheres that were deeply felt by audiences from the moment a play opened. His forty-year collaboration with composer and musician Richard Cherns ensured that performances had atmospheric music that enhanced the audience experience.
The last twenty years of productions of outdoor theatre at Duddingston Kirk Manse gardens showcased his talents in memorable theatre experiences that few who experienced them will forget.
Quoting Joyce McMillan from the obituary in the Scotsman:
Charlie’s contribution to Scottish theatre in the 1980s was huge and just constantly surprising and inventive. Brilliant, beautiful, European, sexy and Scots. He helped change our theatre culture for good, and his work should never be forgotten.Joyce McMillan – Scotsman Wednesday, 3rd June 2020
Charlie retired as Artistic Director in 2018 due to ill health. The company is considering how it can continue.
The Scotsman has published an excellent obituary which can be read here
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