The Slab Boys

The Slab Boys

In the technicolour confines of the slab room of A. F. Stobo & Co. Carpet Factory in Paisley, young boys have to grow up fast. Strutting adolescent double act Phil and Spanky are passing the time with an endless verbal tug o’ war and merciless ribbing of their workmates and boss. But even the distractions of the annual staff dance, the monthly pay packet or the unattainable Lucille can’t stop Phil from dreaming of becoming an artist.John Byrne’s funny and poignant play paints a vivid picture of the tough, rebellious, working-class culture of 1950s industrial Scotland. The original creators revive this landmark theatre show for the stage in a major new production.The Slab Boys will tour to King's Theatre Edinburgh 10 - 14 March. MORE INFO

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Dates

AT THE CITIZENS THEATRE

  • Thu 12 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Fri 13 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Sat 14 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Tue 17 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Wed 18 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Thu 19 Feb 2015 @ 1.30PM
  • Thu 19 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Fri 20 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Sat 21 Feb 2015 @ 2.30PM
  • Sat 21 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Tue 24 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Wed 25 Feb 2015 @ 10.30AM
  • Wed 25 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Thu 26 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Fri 27 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Sat 28 Feb 2015 @ 2.30PM
  • Sat 28 Feb 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Tue 3 Mar 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Wed 4 Mar 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Thu 5 Mar 2015 @ 1.30PM
  • Thu 5 Mar 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Fri 6 Mar 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Sat 7 Mar 2015 @ 2.30PM
  • Sat 7 Mar 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • AT THE KING’S THEATRE EDINBURGH
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  • Tue 10 Mar 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Wed 11 Mar 2015 @ 2.30PM
  • Wed 11 Mar 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Thu 12 Mar 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Fri 13 Mar 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Sat 14 Mar 2015 @ 2.30PM
  • Sat 14 Mar 2015 @7.30PM

  • Read and download the programme

    Previews 12/13 Feb
    Audio Described: 25 Feb, 7.30pm
    Signed: 27 Feb, 7.30pm
    Captioned: 5 Mar, 7.30pm
    Post Show Discussion: 3 Mar

    Wheelchair Access
    Guide Dogs welcome
    Induction Loop

    Activities for Schools


    Watch schools interviews with John Byrne and David Hayman

    REVIEWS

    “David Hayman rolls back the clock with impressive revival of John Byrne’s Scots classic
    The Big Issue ★★★★

    “glitteringly complex piece of drama”
    The Scotsman ★★★★

    “As Phil and Spanky, Sammy Hayman and Jamie Quinn spark off each other like razors”
    Evening Times ★★★★

    PRESS

    “we’ve always had a really collaborative experience”
    David Hayman Snr and David Hayman Jnr talk to Brian Didcock about working together on The Slab Boys in the Sunday Herald

    “suddenly I’ve got a piece of work that reflects my culture, my background, my longings, my dreams, my aspirations”
    David Hayman and John Byrne speak with Neil Cooper about the origins of The Slab Boys in The Herald

    “I’d never seen myself on stage – or anyone like me. I never saw anything about my culture.”
    John Byrne and David Hayman in The Guardian

    “Young people still have dreams and aspirations”
    David Hayman and John Byrne talk to STV Glasgow about reviving The Slab Boys in 2015.

    ”‘It is still so very familiar…It’s just a different generation playing it: they are newly ripe.’
    John Byrne tells Gareth K Vile why his 1957 tale is as relevant now as it was in 1978 in The List

    • Cast & Creative Team
      Written by John Byrne Directed by David Hayman Designed by John Byrne Lighting Design by Jeanine Byrne Assistant Director David Hayman Jnr
      CAST
      Plooky Jack James Allenby-Kirk Alan Kieran Baker Hector Scott Fletcher Mr Currie David Hayman Phil Sammy Hayman Sadie Kathryn Howden Lucille Keira Lucchesi Spanky Jamie Quinn
    Running Time: 2hr 20min (+ 20min interval)

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