THE MONSTER IN THE HALL - A NEW DAVID GREIG PLAY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

TAG, in association with Arts & Theatres Trust Fife.

On tour across Scotland: 23 September – 29 October 2010.
Tue 2 – Sat 13 November, Citizens Theatre

This Autumn TAG (part of the Citizens Theatre Glasgow) present the world premiere of a new play by David Greig, THE MONSTER IN THE HALL. 

Duck Macatarsney is a teenage girl who cares for her biker dad whose MS is getting increasingly bad. Her Dad - Duke - is a spliff smoking (for medicinal reasons you understand), bike riding, heavy metal and horror movie loving, pizza eating widower who’s brought up Duck since the death of her Mother in a crash. The two of them are just about surviving when one morning the Duke wakes up blind and the Duck hears that the Social Services are coming to take her away. The Monster in the Hall follows Duck as she tries to protect her world from the terrifying prospect of change.

TAG, which produces work for children and young people at the Citizens, commissioned celebrated Scottish playwright DAVID GREIG to write this new play. It is David’s fourth production for the company, having written Petra, Dr Korczak’s Example and Yellow Moon.  He describes the play, written for 14-16 year olds as, ‘a low budget indie comedy musical about a girl on the verge of a nervous breakdown played out by four actors and a big fat motorbike which goes vrrooommm’.

The play will be performed with just 4 actor-musicians and a few props - no set. This production style is stripped right back to reveal storytelling fuelled simply by great writing, direction and striking performances. It is brought to you by the same team that created the smash hit YELLOW MOON (Best Show for Children and Young People, TMA Awards 2007).

The show will be directed by GUY HOLLANDS, whose recent work for the Citizens Theatre includes main stage productions of Othello, Waiting for Godot and Hamlet, two new productions for children and young people, Liar and Museum of Dreams, a main stage production of The Wizard of Oz, and the hugely successful Yellow Moon.

An original soundtrack will be written for the production by NIGEL DUNN, who has worked as Musical Director for venues all across the UK. He has released singles and albums with various bands, including current band The Dunderheids, and also works as a producer. 

The cast are DAVID CARLYLE, BETH MARSHALL, KEITH MACPHERSON and GEMMA MCELHINNEY.  Since graduating David has appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Caledonia, while Gemma’s recent credits include 10,000 Metres Deep (Oran Mor / Paines Plough) and a season at Dundee Rep, with roles in Peer Gynt, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf and Mother Courage. Keith MacPherson’s recent theatre appearances include Clutter Keeps Company (Birds of Paradise), 4:48 Psychosis (Sweetscar / Tramway), Museum of Dreams and Yellow Moon (TAG), while Beth has just completed her fifth season with Bard in the Botanics, including Twelfth Night and King Lear, as well as A Christmas Carol (NTS), Tam O’Shanter (Perth Theatre) and Yellow Moon (TAG). 

The production is closely associated to a residential project which TAG developed for Fife Young Carers, funded by NHS Strategy Funding and Arts & Theatres Trust Fife.  A playwright, a musician, two drama specialists and a filmmaker worked with 22 young carers to create a performance piece and short film to help raise awareness of being a young carer.  This group will then see a private performance of the show at Kirkland High School and Community College. 

THE MONSTER IN THE HALL will open with private performances in Fife and then a four week tour of schools and small scale venues, before receiving its opening at the home venue, the Citizens Theatre, in November. It will be accompanied by a diverse range of creative participation opportunities for both students and teaching staff.  Sessions on offer include technical aspects of the show, including lighting and music, as well as using drama to develop confidence and exploring ideas around tolerance and difference.   

ENDS

For more details, images or to arrange an interview contact:
Cat McNaught – Marketing Manager, Citizens Theatre;  0141 418 6233 / cat@citz.co.uk

OR speak to my colleagues in marketing – Alison Martin 0141 418 6235 / alison@citz.co.uk or Helen Black 0141 418 6272 / helen@citz.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

PRESS NIGHT: Tuesday 2 November, 7.30pm – Citizens Theatre

Recommended for 14+

TAG
TAG produces the Citizens Theatre’s work for children and young people. 

David Greig - Playwright
David Greig was born in Edinburgh, studied at Bristol University and is a highly-respected playwright and theatre director. In 1990 he co-founded Suspect Culture Theatre Group with Graham Eatough in Glasgow. David’s recent work includes: Peter Pan (NTS, Traverse/ Barbican), Dunsinane (RSC at Hampstead Theatre), Midsummer (Traverse Theatre and Soho Theatre), Creditors (Donmar Warehouse and BAM) and The American Pilot (RSC, Soho and MTC).  Adaptations include The Bacchae (Edinburgh International Festival and Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith) and Tintin in Tibet (Barbican and The Playhouse).

Praise for Yellow Moon

“a masterclass in how theatre can create whole worlds using only words, light, music and pure acting skill.”  The Scotsman on Yellow Moon - 5 stars

“four superb, high-energy performances from an outstanding cast.”
The Scotsman on Yellow Moon - 5 stars

Fife Young Carers’ Residential Project
A playwright, a musician, two drama specialists and a filmmaker worked with 22 Young Carers to create a performance piece and short film to help raise awareness of being a young carer. The group, aged from twelve years to seventeen years, came from Cupar, Inverkeithing, Levenmouth and Glenrothes.

Over four days a series of rotational workshops were delivered to enable the participants to experience the full range of the programme. The young people had the opportunity to create new songs, explore lyric writing, create storyboards, make short films and a series of animated sequences.

At the end of the four days the group had created a 40-minute piece of work which was a combination of autobiographical and imaginary drama scenes, three new composed songs, a number of short filmed sequences, short play readings, films created in and around the venue and a number of animated art sequences.

About Arts and Theatres Trust Fife
Arts and Theatres Trust Fife (AttFife) is an independent organisation which provides arts, culture and entertainment across Fife. Set up in 2007, the Trust runs a creative development service in Fife and four theatre complexes: Adam Smith Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Lochgelly Centre and Rothes Halls. The Trust works with many different organisations and groups to encourage professional, local and visiting artists to work in Fife and to get local people involved in the arts as audience and participants.

LISTINGS
TAG, in association with Arts and Theatres Trust Fife, presents
THE MONSTER IN THE HALL
World Premiere
By David Greig
Director -  Guy Hollands
Assistant Director – Howie Reeve
Music - Nigel Dunn and Stephen Wright

CIRCLE STUDIO, CITIZENS THEATRE
Tue 2 – Sat 13 November, 7.30pm
Matinees: Tue – Thu (both weeks), 1.30pm
Tickets: £12 (concessions available)
School groups: £7.50 + 1 free with every 10 tickets purchased
Recommended for 14+
0141 429 0022 | citz.co.uk

ALSO ON TOUR:

Eastwood Park Theatre
4 October | 1.30pm & 7.30pm
0141 577 4970

Reidvale Centre, Dennistoun
7 October | 4.30pm
0141 554 5315

Pollok Community Centre
8 October | 7pm
0141 882 5869

Hamilton Town House
14 October | 7.30pm
01698 452299

Sanquhar Town Hall
15 October | 7.30pm
01659 58246

Rutherglen Town Hall
18 October | 1.30pm
0141 613 5700

Drumchapel Community Centre
20 October | 7pm
0141 276 0560

Ruchill Community Centre
21 October | 7pm
0141 946 8161

Cumbernauld Theatre
22 October | 10am & 7.45pm
01236 732887

Castlemilk Community Centre
28 October | 7pm
0141 634 2233

Bellshill Cultural Centre
29 October | 1pm & 7.30pm
01698 403120

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