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The Gorbals Vampire

Citizens Theatre


A new play by Johnny McKnight performed by amateur actors and inspired by real-life events which took place in the Southern Necropolis in 1954.


In 1954, playgrounds across the Gorbals were abuzz with rumours of a man with iron teeth who had abducted and eaten two local young boys. One night in late September, hundreds of children aged 4 – 14 gathered at the Southern Necropolis. Armed with whatever they could find, they mounted a courageous campaign to track down and kill the Gorbals Vampire.

Inspired by real-life events, Johnny McKnight’s tongue-in-cheek script is inspired by the dramatic events of that night, brought to life by a large company of up to 50 performers drawn from our local community and further afield directed by Guy Hollands and Neil Packham.

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A Citizens Theatre Community Production

Main Theatre

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Recommended for ages 12+. Features some strong language.

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Cast & Creative team >

Creative Team
Writer - Johnny McKnight
Co-Director - Guy Hollands
Co-Director - Neil Packham
Design - Neil Haynes
Lighting - Stuart Jenkins
Music - Michael John McCarthy
Movement - Brigid McCarthy
Video - Kim Beveridge


Image created by Frank Quitely

Johnny McKnight on The Gorbals Vampire


Production images

The Gorbals Vampire Production Images

Behind the scenes images

Behind the scenes of The Gorbals Vampire

Rehearsal images

The Gorbals Vampire in Rehearsal


The Gorbals Vampire is sponsored by Scott + Co and supported by the ScottishPower Foundation.