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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!”


  • 8 Feb 2017 to 4 Mar 2017
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    • 8 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 9 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 10 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 11 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 14 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 15 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 16 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 17 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 18 Feb 2017 @ 2.30pm
    • 18 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 21 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 22 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 23 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 24 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 25 Feb 2017 @ 2.30pm

    • 25 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 28 Feb 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 1 Mar 2017 @ 1.30pm
    • 2 Mar 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 2 Mar 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 3 Mar 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 4 Mar 2017 @ 2.30pm
    • 4 Mar 2017 @ 7.30pm

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£12.50 - £22.50
Preview £9.50
£2 online transaction fee applies
See Pricing for all prices and concessions inc. 50p tickets

50p tickets on sale 4 Feb 2017 at 10am

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

John Byrne Slab Boys print

John Byrne created original artwork for the Citizens Theatre’s 2015 production of his play The Slab Boys, one of the best-loved works in twentieth-century Scottish theatre.

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



18th February 2016

Hilariously dark and dry, analysing the futility of life at its end. Recognising the silly dance of repetition in each enduring day; the absurdly funny three-legged fake dog and play on words which offered the two funniest lines in the entire play was too subtle for most. Therein lies the deepest humour. The awareness of what lies ahead for many offers each member of the audience some moments for deep reflection, should they wish to take it. Clever and keeps you wondering (are you sure you have it figured out?). Left wanting to see it again! Excellent performances all round.

Darren Walls

17th February 2016

Hi I went to see The Rifles with my school when it was out it was a brilliant play and the music was brilliant really got me moving but I was wondering if you have released the rest of the album on soundcloud or anything like that just to sing to in my spare time thanks.

Anne McGivern

13th February 2016

Just back from the matinee performance of Endgame. Knew nothing of the play prior to my visit. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, superb acting, especially the comedic timing from Chris Gascoyne. You could analyse every word and gesture or just enjoy the wonderful experience of live theater expertly executed. A huge thank you to all involved.

Joe Gardner

7th February 2016

The performances of Neilson and Gascoyne were absolutely incredible. Even if you failed to grasp some aspects of the play, I couldn't help to be engaged by the two leads. The play was destructively dark with an edge of humour. Heart-stopping stuff. Loved it.

Gary Graham

6th February 2016

Absolutely amazing performances from everyone. Much funnier than I thought it was going to be, in a dark way of course. I thoroughly enjoyed Endgame and would highly recommend it. I left the theatre thinking "I could easily go and see this again".

Sophie McNaughton

5th February 2016

I loved the show! I studied Beckett in English at school and have been a big fan since. I wrote a review of Endgame at Citizens on my blog. You can read a snippet below: 'Hill’s fresh adaptation of Endgame is funnier, better paced, more thoughtful, and strangely beautiful compared to previous interpretations. While the classic grim play finds light in the dark and inspires numerous belly laughs, Endgame has also left this Glasgow audience with an overthinking-induced sore head as well as a sore heart...' You can read the full review here:


30th November 2015

Hi John, we recommend Rapunzel for everyone aged over 6 years. There is brand new pop-punk music performed live on stage by the cast, with Honeyblood drummer Cat Myers on drums. As with all of our festive productions, Rapunzel is a very theatrical show with an engaging story - we hope that your family will love it!

John Beattie

29th November 2015

At the other end of the family scale, is there enough artistic material & themes in Rapunzel to hold the attention of teenagers (15, 13)? Or is it more of a younger kids show?

Marion McPherson

15th November 2015

Cannot praise this production highly enough. Thank you for a most memorable evening. Choked up at "Most of Me". The only disappointment, no cd of the music available to buy!

Laura Handley

15th November 2015

Absolutely loved this, it was brilliant. Great storyline, acting, singing and funny too. X

Claire Chalmers

15th November 2015

Pure dead brilliant!!!


14th November 2015

Saw the opening night and loved it so much - brought my 13 year old to matinee today and she also loved it. Wonderful - for vast age range, amazing songs, superb acting and script. The power of singing and music... excellent.

Lisa Barnett

14th November 2015

Last night was my second visit to the performance. Didn't want it to end. Enthralling. After the final song, just sat there........hoping the cast would come back on stage for an encore!!

Stu Bailey

9th November 2015

We loved it. It was amazing. Fantastic singing, great timed comedy and superb acting. I cannot recommend it enough

Jason Perry

8th November 2015

Fabulous performance from all of the cast, particularly found the character of Scott (Scott Reid) very funny, superb performance, it's the best show I have seen in a long time, a must see!


5th November 2015

Fab show mixed with happy and sad moments cast were excellent would go and see it again .

Cole Stewart

5th November 2015

Loved the show! Would go back in a second! Such a great story that captures so much in one play, amazing songs and vocals from the actors. The staging, lighting, costumes were all perfect for this musical. This really is a must see production!

Ann Hughes

1st November 2015

Absolutely fantastic thoughly enjoyed the show. The singing was so good and the play very funny


1st November 2015

Saw this last night, genuinely brilliant. Performances were encapsulating, funny, moving and by far the best theatre I have seen in years. Well done

Rhona Franklin

29th October 2015

Saw the Choir last night with 23 friends from City Voice Choir.Blown away..fantastic bit of theatre!!xx

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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.

The Slab Boys 2015 production photos

Photos by Tim Morozzo

See what audiences thought of The Slab Boys


Schools Rate

We have a special schools group rate of £8.50. Please download and return this schools booking form.

Family Workshops

17 and 18 December at 10am there are Family Workshops around Hansel & Gretel - Click here to find out more

Relaxed Performance: Wed 4 Jan

A aimed at audience members who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including people with an autistic spectrum disorder or sensory or communication disorder and their families. Find out more

Deaf Theatre Club Night: Fri 16 Dec


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.

Hansel & Gretel is is sponsored by Kirrirmuir Gingerbread



Saturday Citizens

Drama classes and summer courses for young people aged 14 - 18 with a learning disability.

If you would like to know more about Saturday Citizens, please contact:
Louise Brown on 0141 418 6273

These classes are made possible thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need and Awards For All.

His confidence has really increased - he’s transformed.”
- Parent of Saturday Citizens participant

“It’s fun, it’s brilliant. Rehearsing and doing the shows is awesome”
- Saturday Citizens participant

“The weekly drama classes have greatly improved my son’s social skills and self-esteem; he absolutely loves going” - Parent


Looking for adult drama classes? Check out our Nightschool page.


Kids@Citz 2015 photos
Saturday Citizens photos

Photo by Alex Brady