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Cuttin’ A Rug

Citizens Theatre


The second instalment of John Byrne’s much-loved Slab Boys trilogy.

Strutting adolescent double act Phil and Spanky have broken free of the confines of the A. F. Stobo & Co. Carpet Factory in Paisley and are off to the annual staff dance. Phil may have lost his job and been rejected by the Art School, but he can still dream of a life beyond the slab room.

John Byrne’s funny and poignant Slab Boys trilogy paints a vivid picture of the tough, rebellious, working-class culture of 1950s industrial Scotland. Following the hugely-popular production of The Slab Boys in 2015, the Citizens Theatre presents the next instalment in the era-defining trilogy in a new production directed by Caroline Paterson

The production tours to the King’s Theatre Edinburgh from 7 - 11 March. For more information visit the King’s website.

“I’m nineteen with a wardrobe full of clothes… I’ve got everything to live for!”

Main Theatre

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Recommended for 12+
Some strong language

Previews 8 & 9 Feb
BSL Signed 24 Feb
Captioned 25 Feb, 2.30pm
Audio Described 25 Feb, 2.30pm
Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Cast & Creative Team >

Creative Team

Director - Caroline Paterson
Designer - Kenny Miller
Lighting Designer - Grant Anderson
Movement Director - EJ Boyle
Assistant Director - Izzie Milne Turner


Mark Barrett - Terry
Paul-James Corrigan - Spanky
Ryan Fletcher - Phil
Scott Fletcher - Hector
Anne Lacey - Mrs Walkinshaw
Helen Mallon - Lucille
Louise McCarthy - Bernadette
Shaun Miller - Alan
Barbara Rafferty - Sadie
Laurie Ventry - Willie Curry


“Byrne’s observational comedy comes up smiling bright in this revival”
The Herald, Mary Brennan ★★★★

“a wonderful baroque pattern of jest and allusion, longing, bathos and hilarity”
The Scotsman, Joyce McMillan ★★★★

“every bit as funny and poignant as episode one”
The Times, Allan Radcliffe ★★★★

Attitude ★★★★★

“A highly recommended riotous romp with laughs abounding this peek into a bygone era will warm the cockles of your heart”
The Mumble ★★★★

“the Citizens team manages to blow up a storm in their new production of Cuttin’ a Rug”
Reviews Hub ★★★★

Slab Boys & Cuttin’ A Rug prints signed by John Byrne

John Byrne created original artwork for the Citizens Theatre’s 2015 production of his play The Slab Boys, and 2017 production of Cuttin’ A Rug.

In support of our Theatre Redevelopment Campaign we are thrilled to be able to offer limited edition reproduction prints, personally signed by the artist and screenwriter.

Cuttin’ A Rug and Slab Boys poster combo

Buy both Cuttin’ A Rug and Slab Boys souvenir A2 posters for £17. Sold separately at £10 each.

Both posters are unframed 420x594mm.The Cuttin’ A Rug poster is on 190gsm stock and The Slab Boys poster is on 180gsm stock. If postage is selected, posters can be posted together, and you’ll only be charged one postage fee - saving even more money!

The Slab Boys Trilogy

Spanning the 1950’s to the 1970’s, the plays- The Slab Boys, Cuttin’ A Rug and Still Life, capture the rebellious mood of a post-war generation growing up to a backdrop of James Dean, Elvis, sharp-suited glamour, hope and despair.
By John Byrne.

RRP £10.99 - available for collection at the Citz for £9.

Cuttin’ A Rug Production Photos

Cuttin' A Rug Production Photos

Cuttin A Rug Trailer
Cuttin’ A Rug: Trailer Photos

Cuttin' A Rug: Trailer Day

Cuttin’ A Rug Rehearsal Photos

Cuttin' A Rug Rehearsal Photos

Cuttin’ A Rug: Adventures in Paisley

Cuttin' A Rug blog
the cast and creative team on a wee jaunt to Paisley Town Hall where the second instalment of John Byrne’s iconic Slab Boys trilogy is set - read all about it!

Deaf Theatre Club Night: Fri 24 Feb, 7.30pm

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, we want to make sure you can enjoy the best night out at the Citizens Theatre. Find out more about the Deaf Theatre Club.

Inside the rehearsal room

Thu 16 & Thu 23 Feb
4.30pm - 6.30pm
Show begins at 7.30pm
A workshop for Higher and Advanced Higher Drama students for £6.50 per student (teachers go free). This session for a maximum of 30 students will reveal the play’s key ideas and themes and look at character development and staging choices.

If you would like to talk through what might be suitable for your class or group, please contact Louise Brown, Education Officer.
To book, please contact our Box Office on 0141 429 0022