A UNIVERSALLY acclaimed play is coming to Carlops next month.

Written and performed by Matthew Zajac of Dogstar Theatre, The Tailor of Inverness is stopping in Tweeddale on its Scotland-wide tour.

Inspired by the life of Matthew’s father Mateusz, it is the story of a boy who grew up on a farm in Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine, and became a tailor in Inverness.

The tailor’s life spanned most of the 20th century, and the journey he took was made by thousands of Poles during the Second World War.

His was a forced migration across many borders, subject to the brutal unpredictability of war.

A promoter for the play told us: “The Tailor of Inverness is one of the most widely travelled and highly praised Scottish theatre productions of the last decade.

“Wherever it has been seen, the universally acclaimed international hit play has evoked extraordinarily enthusiastic reactions.”

Matthew Zajac worked as an actor for over 35 years, appearing in theatres throughout the UK, and in numerous film, TV and radio productions. In 2009, he was named Best Actor at the CATS Awards for his performance in this play.

Zajac said: “I come from the Soviets and the Nazis. I come from a farm, from the forests and fields of green Ukraine, from the resettlement camps of Germany, from the beaches of the Adriatic, from the grimy streets of Glasgow and the cool air of Inverness.”

The play premiered at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms in 2008 and was regarded as an instant success.

The play has toured Scotland five times already and has been seen across Europe, Australia and the USA. In 2015, the play sold out for three weeks at Manhattan’s Brits of Broadway Festival.

Carlops Village Hall is hosting the play on Tuesday, April 9.

For information on tickets you can call 07773 024024