FORMER Wee County man Bruce Guthrie is bringing one of his latest productions to Scotland – a modern fairytale inspired by the traditions of German storytelling.

He is co-directing Man to Man which kicked off on a UK tour last month and finishes with a run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

Bruce, who grew up in Sauchie, is looking forward to bringing the production to the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh between October 11-14.

He said: "I work mostly in London and Cardiff, so it's great to be able to have Scottish audiences see productions I have directed.

“Audiences in Scotland are fantastic – there is such a brilliant tradition of theatre in Scotland and the work being done is held in high regard all over the world.

“I grew up going to places like the Kings and the Edinburgh Playhouse.

“It is a privilege to be bringing this production of Man to Man back to the Traverse Theatre, where the original English language version was performed by Tilda Swinton 30 years ago this year.

“When we first performed this version of the play at the Edinburgh Festival in 2015 the response was overwhelming – we were sold out and the reviews were all four and five star raves.”

An artistic director for the National Youth Theatre of Wales, Bruce got a real taste for the industry at the age of nine, when his mum took him to the Edinburgh Playhouse to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat.

His passion led to performing at school and with Forefront Stage School.

The career that followed has included a number of highlights, including being associate director on The Bridge Project, a year-long world tour of Richard III starring two-time Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey and directed by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes.

He joins Man to Man, produced by Wales Millennium Centre, on its first international tour.

It is the life story of a woman called Ella who has to assume the role of her husband following his death in order to survive, both emotionally and physically, to meet the challenges of life.

Based on a true story, she lives in 20th century Germany and the play gives a view of what life was like and a social history of the century including the radical changes of the Nazi’s rise to power, the Cold War and the Berlin Wall coming down.

Bruce said the play and central performance from Maggie Bain are stunning and, although it's a one-person show, the appearance onstage is of a cast of hundreds.

“It's a real tour de force and you will be coming to see a star of the future at the start of what I am convinced will be an incredible career,” he added.

“The play itself is something that should be a mainstay of theatre and yet it is rarely performed.

“Just being able to see huge European events from a different perspective is fascinating enough but it has become oddly more relevant given recent political and social events in Scotland, the UK and the world.

“You will also see an award-winning team work at the height of their powers.

“Don't let the idea that there is one actor in it fool you into thinking it's low budget.

“I believe above all else in giving the audience quality from start to finish.”

Tickets for the Edinburgh shows are available from the Traverse Theatre.