The Monster in the Hall Restaged for Edinburgh Fringe

An 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 Times   ****Guardian   ****The Scotsman


The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow is re-staging its critically acclaimed production of David Greig’s THE MONSTER IN THE HALL for Edinburgh audiences this August as part of the Traverse Theatre’s Fringe programme. 

‘performed at breathtaking speed and simply fizzing with energy’
**** (The Times)

‘Guy Hollands’s show has a huge theatrical energy that fairly captures the heart’ **** (The Scotsman)

‘a tightly drilled ensemble, passionate, playful…, gripping us one minute, cracking us up the next, before melting our hearts’ **** (Guardian)

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.

The play is performed with just 4 actor-musicians and a few props - no set. This production style is stripped back to reveal storytelling fuelled simply by great writing, direction and striking performances and 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).

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 previously written Petra, Dr Korczak’s Example and Yellow Moon. 

The show is 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, main stage Christmas productions of Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz, and the hugely successful Yellow Moon.

The production’s original soundtrack was written 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 original cast, DAVID CARLYLE, BETH MARSHALL, KEITH MACPHERSON and GEMMA MCELHINNEY, will reprise their roles for the festival run.  Since graduating David has appeared in Dead Heavy Fantastic (Liverpool Everyman) and Caledonia (National Theatre of Scotland), while Gemma’s recent credits include Beauty and the Beast (Citizens Theatre), 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 Mother Courage and Clutter Keeps Company (Birds of Paradise), 4:48 Psychosis (Sweetscar / Tramway), Museum of Dreams and Yellow Moon (TAG), while Beth’s previous roles include Six Black Candles (Goldfish Theatre), five seasons with Bard in the Botanics, as well as A Christmas Carol (NTS), Tam O’Shanter (Perth Theatre) and Yellow Moon (TAG). 

Gemma McElhinney was nominated in the Best Female Performance category of the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2011, for her performance in The Monster in the Hall at the Citizens in November. 

Recommended for 14+

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 Sarah Dee – Communications Officer, Traverse Theatre; 0131 659 7111 / Sarah.dee@traverse.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

Citizens Theatre presents
THE MONSTER IN THE HALL
By David Greig
Directed by Guy Hollands
Music by Nigel Dunn & Stephen Wright
Choreography by Andrew Panton
Cast: David Carlyle, Beth Marshall, Keith Macpherson and Gemmy McElhinney

Part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2011: August 22-27
Supported by Made in Scotland, Arts and Theatres Trust Fife and National Theatre of Scotland.

Venue Details:
Traverse 2
Venue 15 - Traverse Theatre,
Cambridge Street,
0131 228 1404
www.traverse.co.uk

Performance Details:
Dates: Thu 4 Aug – Sun 28 Aug (times vary)
Preview: Thu 4 Aug, 21:00
Press performance: Friday 5 August, 10.30am

Full schedule:
Thu 4 Aug, 21:00 (Preview), Fri 5 Aug, 10:30 (Press); Sat 6 Aug, 13:00; Sun 7 Aug, 15:30; Tue 9 Aug, 18:30; Wed 10 Aug, 21:00; Thu 11 Aug, 10:30; Fri 12 Aug, 13:00; Sat 13 Aug, 15:30; Sun 14 Aug, 18:30; Tue 16 Aug, 21:00; Wed 17 Aug, 10:30; Thu 18 Aug, 13:15; Fri 19 Aug, 15:30; Sat 20 Aug, 18:15; Sun 21 Aug, 21:00; Tue 23 Aug, 13:15; Wed 24 Aug, 15:45; Thu 25 Aug, 18:30; Fri 26 Aug, 21:00; Sat 27 Aug, 10:30; Sun 28 Aug, 20.30.

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

MADE IN SCOTLAND
Made in Scotland is an initiative supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund to showcase Scottish-based performing arts talent in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe through a partnership between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the Scottish Arts Council. The programme has been especially selected by a distinguished panel of programmers, cultural managers and commentators. At the heart of Made in Scotland is theatre and dance performance to excite, inspire and entertain with a mix of highly respected and established theatre and dance companies and some of Scotland’s most dynamic and innovative independent artists. Behind the scenes the initiative will help performers to raise their profile both at the Fringe and outside Scotland, with additional support to present their best work internationally and to foster international collaborations and creative dialogue.

BRITISH COUNCIL SHOWCASE
The British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase is a biennial platform of contemporary UK performance featuring some of the most outstanding small and middle-scale touring productions made in the UK and selected by the British Council from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The British Council invites over 200 delegates to attend the Showcase.  They are drawn from the international performing arts sector and include key programmers, producers and agents. The primary objective of Edinburgh Showcase 2011 is to develop new markets and broker new collaborations between the British Council’s global network and UK practitioners.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations. We build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between cultures in more than 100 countries worldwide through a broad range of programmes in education, English language and the arts.

Visit the Edinburgh Showcase 2011 website: www.britishcouncil.org/edinburghshowcase

For more information on our work: http://www.britishcouncil.org/arts-drama.htm

BIOGRAPHIES

DAVID CARLYLE – LAWRENCE LOFTHOUSE
David is a recent graduate of Rose Bruford College.  David recently appeared in Caledonia (NTS) and his theatre credits whilst training includes Ringing in Your Ears (Rose Bruford / Royal Court Young Writers), The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Philistines, The White Devil, Celebration, Party Time and Hedda Gabler.  David represented Rose Bruford in the 2010 Sam Wannamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, playing Flomenio in The White Devil. 

NIGEL DUNN - MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN
Nigel studied at Perth college and is actually qualified to “Rock!”. He has worked as a Musical Director for many shows during the past 10 years at venues ranging from the London National and the Millennium Dome to the Traverse and Cumbernauld Theatre. He has released singles and albums with various bands.  He also works as a Producer and has Film and TV soundtrack credits under the guise of Moonglass Music.

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). He is currently working on a new Broadway production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

GUY HOLLANDS – DIRECTOR
Guy’s theatre credits include The Crucible (TAG/NTS), Meep and Moop, Musuem of Dreams, Liar, Yellow Moon, Ice Cream Dreams, The Visit, A Taste of Honey, Knives in Hens and The Birthday Party (TAG), Othello, Hamlet, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Waiting for Godot, Nightingale and Chase, The Fever, Nightschool and The Caretaker (Citizens Theatre), Woyzeck (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh/KtC), Pinocchio (Visible Fictions), Earball (Tosg) and Factory Girls (7:84).

BETH MARSHALL – MS AGNETHA BERGHOLM / MRS LINDA UNDERHILL
Beth has worked extensively in repertory theatre including a year with Dundee Rep Ensemble, four
seasons with Mull Theatre and five seasons with Bard in the Botanics. Other credits include Six Black
Candles (Goldfish Theatre), A Christmas Carol (NTS), Peter Pan (Citizens Theatre), Tam O’Shanter (Perth Theatre), Brave (Communicado/ Sounds of Progress), The Night Before Christmas (Belgrade Theatre), The Bondagers (Byre Theatre), Fergus Lamont (Communicado/Perth Theatre) and Yellow Moon (TAG).

GEMMA MCELHINNEY – DUCK MACATARSNEY
Gemma trained at Queen Margaret University.  Her theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast, Don’t Start Me! (Citizens Theatre), 10,000 Meters Deep (Oran Mor), Peer Gynt (Dundee Rep / NTS), Qeulques Fleurs, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Beauty and the Beast, Mother Courage (Dundee Rep), Bye Bye Birdie (Brunton Theatre), Trojan Women, Medea, Time and the Conways and The Tempest (Queen Margaret University).  Film credits include Meta (Matt Cameron).

KEITH MACPHERSON – HUGH MACATARSNEY
Keith’s theatre credits include Clutter keeps Company (Birds of Paradise), 4:48 Psychosis (SweetScar/Tramway/ Cumbernauld), The Wizard of Oz, Waiting for Godot, Peter Pan, Desire Under the Elms (Citizens Theatre), Yellow Moon (TAG), Faust (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Factory Girls (7:84), The Lost Child (Minerva Theatre), Invisible Man (Vanishing Point), Brave (Communicado), Decky Does a Bronco (Grid Iron/ Almeida), Timeless (Suspect Culture), Macbeth (Chester Gateway), Cigarettes and Chocolate (KtC).

ANDREW PANTON - CHOREOGRAPHER
Andrew’s theatre credits include Spring Awakening (Director/Choreographer, Edinburgh Fringe), Sweeney Todd (Movement Director, Dundee Rep), Honk! (Director/Choreographer, Royal & Derngate), Black Watch (Assistant Director, National Theatre of Scotland), The Magnets – Gobsmacked (Director/Choreographer, Roundhouse), Sunset Song (Movement Director, Scottish Tour),  A Drop in the Ocean (Director, Oran Mor), The Wizard of Oz (co-Director, Citizens Theatre), A Sheep Called Skye (Director, NTS), Sundowe (Movement Director, Eden Court Theatre / Cameron Mackintosh), Hamlet (Composer, Citizens Theatre), The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Vocal / Movement Coach, NTS), Gorgeous Avatar (Movement Director, Traverse Theatre).  TV credits Tonight’s the Night with John Barrowman, Commercials for S1 Jobs Haka, Grolsch and Irn Bru’s tribute to High School Musical.

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