Federer Versus Murray, a play in Scots for stage

“A play that proves, among other things, that you don’t need three acts to create a powerful work of art.” Women About Town, New York, April, 2012

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” … hilarious and heartbreaking.” **** The Herald (Glasgow, 2010).

“It’s a winner.” THE IRISH EXAMINER, 2011.

FRINGE REVIEW **** (Edinburgh, 2011)

“A profoundly moving and genuinely funny meditation on grief and loss, Federer versus Murray is a truly joyous, tearful and thought-provoking piece of work. I urge you to see it while you can.”

FEST MAG **** (Edinburgh, 2011)

“… a brilliantly powerful, evocative, humane and funny exploration of loss, grief and isolation within the confines of domestic family life. It’s a beautiful study of human fragility and strength, featuring great performances from leads Gerda Stevenson (also the playwright) and Dave Anderson.”

Gerda Stevenson

Gerda Stevenson, actor/ writer/ director/singer-songwriter, trained at R.A.D.A., London, winning the Vanbrugh Award. She has worked on stage, television, radio and film throughout Britain and abroad. In 2014, she was nominated as one the Saltire Society's OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF SCOTLAND. From the Stevenson family of musicians (her father the composer/pianist Ronald, sister composer/harper Savourna, and niece composer/fiddler Anna-Wendy), Gerda is known for her singing in many theatre productions. She was nominated in 2014 for the MG ALBA TRAD MUSIC AWARDS, in the SCOTS SINGER OF THE YEAR category. With support from Creative Scotland, a highly acclaimed CD of her own songs, NIGHT TOUCHES DAY, was released in 2014 (Gean Records, produced by Mattie Foulds), her vocals accompanied by an array of fine Scottish musicians: James Ross, Konrad Wiszniewski, Inge Thompson, Seylan Baxter, Rob MacNeacail, and Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Kyrre Slind. She is one of the MADGE WILDFIRE trio,with Patsy Seddon and Kathy Stewart. In 2011, Gerda was nominated by the League of Professional Theatre Women (New York) for the Gilder/Coigney International Award. Her many film and TV appearances include BRAVEHEART, MIDSOMER MURDERS, HEARTBEAT, THE BILL, and TAGGART. She received a BAFTA Scotland Best Film Actress Award for her performance in Margaret Tait's feature film BLUE BLACK PERMANENT, and has been nominated twice for the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Founder of Stellar Quines, Scotland's leading women's theatre company, and Associate Artist of Communicado, she's also a trustee of the Scottish International Education Trust, and a Scots Language Ambassador for Education Scotland. She has written extensively for radio and is regularly heard in BBC Radio 4's popular PAUL TEMPLE MYSTERIES, playing Steve, feisty wife of the eponymous hero. She performed in, and directed her stage play FEDERER VERSUS MURRAY (published by prestigious American literary magazine SALMAGUNDI), touring the production toNew York in 2012, as part ofthe Scottish Government's NYC SCOTLAND WEEK celebrations. She is a visiting lecturer at Glasgow University, where her writing is studied as part of the Contemporary Scottish Literature course. Gerda's poetry collection, IF THIS WERE REAL, (pub. Smokestack Books, 2013) was reviewed in The Sunday Herald as: "The best of the new in contemporary Scottish poetry - not to be missed."