Matthew Zajac’s multi-award-winning ‘The Tailor Of Inverness’ is a story of journeys, of how a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia [Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine] came to be a tailor in Inverness. His life spanned most of the 20th century. His story is not straightforward.

He was taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1939 and forced to work east of the Urals, then freed in an amnesty after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. He then joined the thousands of Poles who travelled to Tehran, then Egypt, to be integrated into the British Army, fighting in North Africa and Italy. He was then resettled in Britain in 1948, joining his brother in Glasgow. This is the story he told. But there is another story, and pps a third and a fourth one, for in order to survive, he had to adopt different identities. Like all immigrants, the tailor had to adapt and he did that very successfully, integrating himself into the fabric of Highland life.

‘The Tailor of Inverness’ is, without doubt, Dogstar Theatre Company’s most successful show to date. It has now toured Scotland four times and played at festivals, theatres and universities in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Wales, Australia and the USA. The production is multi-award winning including the Scotsman Fringe First and The Stage Best Solo Performer Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2008.

The Tailor Of Inverness will be staged at The Market Place Theatre in Armagh on Wednesday 11th June at 8pm. Tickets are priced £10 each, and can be booked by contacting the Box Office on [028] 3752 1821, or online at

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