Men Should Weep Media release

The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stuart tours Scotland this autumn. The full cast is now confirmed with well-known faces from stage and screen set to appear in this production directed by Graham McLaren.

Men Should Weep opens at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow on Fri 16 Sept until Sat 8 Oct 2011 and goes on tour to the Webster Theatre, Arbroath, from Tues 18 Oct until Wed 19 Oct, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness from Tues 25 Oct until Sat 29 Oct; His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen from Tue 1 until Sat 5 Nov; Kings Theatre, Edinburgh from Tues 8 until Sat 12 Nov, and Perth Theatre from Tues 15 Nov until Sat 26 Nov.

The full cast is Anita Vettesse (Mrs Harris), Ann Scott-Jones (Granny), Charlene Boyd (Isa), Erin McCardie (Edie), Grant McDonald (Ernest), Julie Wilson Nimmo (Mrs Bone), Kevin Guthrie (Alec), Louise McCarthy (Jenny) Lorraine McIntosh (Maggie) and Michael Nardone (John), Colin Little (Removal Man / Cover Alec and Ernest), Janette Foggo (Lizzie), Maureen Carr (Mrs Wilson), Michael Nardone (John), Pauline Lockhart (Mrs Bone).

Ena Lamont Stewart’s landmark 1947 play is set amid the crippling poverty of Glasgow’s infamous tenements in the 1930s. At the centre of the story is Maggie, the care-worn matriarch. Supported and hindered in equal measure by a network of neighbours and family - from whom it is impossible to keep any secrets - she does her best in the worst of circumstances, always putting herself last.

Men Should Weep Director, Graham McLaren comments:
“Men Should Weep is one of the very best plays ever to be written about the corrosive effects of poverty. This is not a problem that has ever gone away. It is almost the story of my own family 70 years ago and it is almost the story of people living with the pressure of poverty and unemployment today in Glasgow, Manchester, London or any city on the planet.  It has been compared to the work of Sean O’Casey or Synge.  I see more similarities with Ken Loach or Tennessee Williams but, unlike them, Ena Lamont Stewart is a Scot and I’m excited to help bring the play to a new audience here at home.”

CAST
Anita Vettesse (Mrs Harris) has worked extensively in theatre and was most recently in Small Town (Random Accomplice) and The Chooky Brae (Borderline Theatre Company).

Ann Scott-Jones (Granny) was most recently in Emmerdale on ITV and has also appeared in The Highlife as well as a number of films.

Charlene Boyd (Isa) has previously worked with the National Theatre of Scotland having appeared in Empty and Miracle Man.

Erin McCardie (Edie) was in the BBC drama Tinsel Town.

Julie Wilson Nimmo (Mrs Bone) is well known for playing Miss Hoolie in the BBC television series Balamory. Other television credits include Rab C Nesbitt and Chewin’ The Fat. Julie has appeared in a number of National Theatre of Scotland productions including The House of Bernarda Alba, 365 and Tutti Frutti.

Kevin Guthrie (Alec) played the title role in the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Peter Pan and was recently in Dunsinane.

Lorraine McIntosh (Maggie) is the lead singer in Deacon Blue and is also known for her television roles in River City, Taggart and Hope Springs. Last year she was in the National Theatre of Scotland’s production Beautiful Burnout.

Louise McCarthy (Jenny) was most recently in Sleeping Beauty (Imagine Theatre). She has also appeared as a dancer on ITV’s X Factor.

Colin Little (Removal Man / Cover Alec and Ernest) has recently appeared as Crazy Gary in the Tron Theatre Company’s production of Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco.  His previous work includes a leading role in Singin’ I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim (NLP Theatre) and Suspicious Minds (Siege Perilous).

Janette Foggo (Lizzie) has had numerous televsion roles such as Urban Gothic (Blackjack Productions), Rab C. Nesbitt (BBC Scotland), and Taggart (STV). She also appeared in the film Loch Ness (Polygram).

Maureen Carr (Mrs Wilson) is known for her television appearances in Case Histories and River City both for the BBC. Her stage credits include the recent production of Six Black Candles for the Goldfish Theatre Company and The Steamie (Neil Laidlaw Productions).

Michael Nardone (John) has appeared in numerous television roles including Skins Series II (Company Pictures), Trial & Retribution (La Plante Productions), River City (BBC Television) and Rome (HBO). He also played the role of Writer/Sergeant in the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Black Watch.

Pauline Lockhart (Mrs Bone) is well-known on the stage for her performances in Money: The Game Show (Platform 18) and Elsie And Mairie Go To War (Dauntless Productions). In addition her television appearances include Case Histories and How Not To Live Your Life for BBC.

Creative Team
Graham McLaren (Director), Phil McCormack (Assistant Director), Colin Richmond (Designer), Colin Grenfell (Lighting Designer), Nick Sagar (Sound Designer)

Men Should Weep is supported by Bank of Scotland as part of Pioneering Partnership - a new sponsorship connecting Bank of Scotland and the National Theatre of Scotland in a relationship across a wide range of National Theatre of Scotland programme elements over two years.  The partnership offers geographic spread and reach across productions, initiatives, workshops and events particularly in the area of supporting creativity and emerging talent.

Susan Rice, Managing Director, Lloyds Banking Group Scotland commented:
“We are absolutely delighted to continue our Pioneering Partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland. Our investment enables National Theatre of Scotland to develop its core programme further and to take it to audiences across Scotland. It is estimated that in the first year alone nearly 100,000 people will come into contact with a production or initiative under the Bank of Scotland Pioneering Partnership banner. Our joint aim is to encourage and support the next generation of theatrical talent, from actors to set designers, directors to writers, reinforcing Bank of Scotland’s wider sponsorship strategy of supporting emerging talent in Scotland and providing opportunities for our customers and colleagues.”

LISTINGS
Venue, Date and Time:
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 16 Sept - Sat 8 Oct 2011 at 7.30pm and 2.30pm Sat 24 Sept, Sat 1 Oct, Sat 8 Oct
Ticket prices: £5-£18
Booking Number: 0141 429 0022
Online booking: www.citz.co.uk


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Andrew Neilson, Press Officer
Tel: +44 (0) 141 227 9497/ +44 (0) 7912540139
E: andrew.neilson@nationaltheatrescotland.com

NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.  Since its launch in February 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating over 137 productions in 125 different locations. With no building of its own, the Company takes theatre all over Scotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests.  The company has performed to almost 600,000 people, across three continents.
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