The Tailor of Inverness

Dogstar Theatre Company by Matthew Zajac, Directed by Ben Harrison

Thu 14 - Sat 16 Nov, 7:30pm

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Fresh from a sell-out 4-week run at London’s Finborough Theatre, Matthew Zajac’s international hit show about his Polish-Ukrainian father returns.

The Tailor of Inverness has entranced over 40,000 people, playing in a huge variety of venues in 12 countries, from prestigious theatres in New York, Adelaide, Kyiv, Malmo and Berlin to tiny village halls. This is a rare chance to see this unforgettable and moving story of displacement and survival in war-torn Europe, a powerful allegory for all victims of war, more relevant than ever, particularly in light of the current war in Ukraine.

Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First, the 2008 Stage Best Solo Performer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe and the 2009 Best Actor Award from the Scottish Critics. Nominated Best Performance Piece 2024 Off West End Awards London.

The Tailor Of Inverness is part of the Traverse's £1 Tickets Project.

Supported by Creative Scotland.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council.


'A towering piece of work with a glorious performance by the author' - Sunday Independent, Ireland

'Compelling, impassioned…a fine actor' - New York Times

'A universal work of theatre.' - Sunday Herald

'A triumph' - The Observer

'A must…Zajac is truly a visionary' - Broadway World, New York

'Compelling and magical.' - Edinburgh Evening News

'Deeply affecting' - London Evening Standard

'Zajac’s internationally-acclaimed show remains as powerful as ever.' - The Scotsman

'Don’t miss it.' - Radio Adelaide

'The most electrifying theatre imaginable' -

'Brilliantly encapsulates the effects of war on individuals, families and societies' - The List

'A timeless tribute to the children of war.' - The Stage

If you have access requirements, please contact our Sales and Welcome Team on or 0131 228 1404 so we can arrange reserved seating for you and discuss how else we can best support your visit.


  • DirectorBen Harrison (he/him)
  • DesignerAli Maclaurin (she/her)
  • LightingKai Fischer
  • MusicGavin Marwick (he/him) & Jonny Hardie (he/him)
  • SoundTimothy Brinkhurst (he/him)
  • Matthew Zajac (he/him)

    The Tailor

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