Former Sandhaven resident lands leading drama role

Present Tense Productions is delighted to announce its 11th production in Aberdeen this summer - ‘Motortown’ by Simon Stephens.

This powerful, hard-hitting and gritty play sees Danny returning from active service in Basra to his home in England – a country and society he barely recognises.

Visiting an old flame, Danny embarks on a seething attack on society and a journey which involves guns and a moving yet disturbing exploration of his relationships with his brother, friends and a young girl.

Former Sandhaven resident, actor Steven Hamer plays the lead role of Danny in his first venture for the local theatre company and says: “The script is superb and really stretches you as an actor. Some of the content isn’t to everyone’s taste, but there is a sense of realism in the dialogue and the play really explores and examines the psyche of Danny who is clearly a troubled

Director Iain Hingston has wanted to do the play for a number of years and was delighted to be asked by Present Tense to direct their 11th play.

“By selecting the very best in local talent and selecting a piece with such power, we believe we have created something incredibly special here. Audiences will hopefully leave not knowing what’s hit them – other than they’ve just seen theatre at it’s very best,” he said.

Present Tense was formed in 2007 and performed David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” in the Aberdeen Arts Centre Summer Carnival and has gone on to perform gritty and contemporary drama including ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ ‘Treatment’ and ‘Proof’ at the Lemon Tree, His Majesty’s Theatre and Aberdeen Arts Centre.

‘Motortown’ by Simon Stephens is on at the Aberdeen Arts Centre Theatre, King Street as part of the Aberdeen Summer Arts Carnival on Wednesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 26, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £11 (£9 concession) and can be purchased from Aberdeen Box Office on 01224 641122 or from