CITIZENS THEATRE TO STAGE TWO ONE-ACT PLAYS IN THE INTIMATE TRON THEATRE
- The opening production of the Tron’s new season will be the Citizens Theatredouble bill of Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett and a newly commissioned play, Go On by Scottish writer Linda McLean.
- The Citizens Theatre double billfeatures the world premiere of Go On, commissioned as a companion piece inspired bythe iconic Beckett play.
- Directed by Dominic Hill, the plays star two leading actors of their generation, Niall Buggy and Maureen Beattie.
- The thought-provoking pairing explores what happens when you dare to interact with previous and future versions of yourself.
- Together, these stripped-back and intimate productions offer a raw and emotional experience.
In Samuel Beckett’s seminal Krapp’s Last Tape, an older man reflects on his youth. Sitting alone on his 69th birthday, Krapp (Niall Buggy) listens to a recording of his younger self, rewinding through his life with humour and heartache. It is a revival of a production directed by Dominic Hill at Leeds Playhouse, also starring Buggy, which received critical acclaim when it first reopened in October 2020.
In Go On, Jane (Maureen Beattie) considers how an AI replacement might allow her to exist in the future. Sitting in her sleek kitchen, Jane teaches Jayne the essentials of her life, and the loves and losses that have shaped her. Written by Linda McLean as a companion piece to Krapp’s Last Tape, it is a raw and personal story.
The two plays speak to our own sense of mortality with a wry, dark humour as they look back on life and consider the future. They provide perfect platforms for the acting talents of Maureen Beattie and Niall Buggy.
Irish actor Niall Buggy has worked extensively on the stage and screen in Ireland, the UK and the US. Some of his well-known roles include the lead in Brian Friel's Uncle Vanya, for which he won an Irish Times Theatre Award, and Brian in Dead Funny for which he won an Olivier Award. More recent plays include Penelope by Enda Walsh, Krapp's Last Tape at the Leeds Playhouse (directed by Dominic Hill), Beckett Trilogy and On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry for which he won the Origin theatre award in New York.
Maureen Beattie has appeared in a huge range of performances across stage and screen and is well-known to Citz audiences as a friend and supporter of the theatre. She recently appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Scenes for Survival: Sore Afraid which was directed by Dominic Hill.
In a challenging time when the Scottish theatre sector has worked together to recover and the Citizens Theatre building continues its redevelopment, this is the ideal opportunity to welcome back both Citz and Tron audiences to indoor performances.
Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre said:
“I am a huge fan of Samuel Beckett’s work and was very keen for Glasgow to see Niall Buggy’s heart-breaking performance as Krapp. At the Citizens we aim to look forward as well as back, so I also wanted to commission a new play to sit alongside Krapp’s Last Tape. Linda McLean’s fascination with the form of drama, her poetic voice and ability to find something epic in the everyday, made her the ideal writer to accompany Beckett’s extraordinary play. I am delighted to working with the wonderful Maureen Beattie for the first time on a stage play.”
Andy Arnold, Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Tron Theatre said:
“It’s such a joy that Tron Theatre will be open to the public again after so long an absence and what better way to mark this occasion than with the wonderful Citizens Theatre Company and their first ever performances on the Tron stage. Can’t wait.”
Linda McLean, writer of Go On said:
“Krapp’s Last Tape is one of my favourite Beckett plays. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen it. I love the puzzle of it, the way it loops back on itself and adjusts our understanding of then and now and what matters. It demands that you be present and involved. It’s endlessly giving. When Dominic and I talked about a companion piece I knew I had something that would answer but instead of reassessing the past, this woman is training her AI for the future. I’m extremely happy to be working with Dominic again and I have wanted to work with Maureen Beattie for years so this is very special for me.”
Notes to Editors
All productions are created and performed in line with Scottish Government guidelines. Refunds are guaranteed should a performance not be able to go ahead. Detailed Covid safety guidance will be issued by the Tron Theatre when tickets go on sale.
Niall Buggy – Krapp
Maureen Beattie – Jane/Jayne
Dominic Hill – Director
Eilidh Gibson – Assistant Director
Stuart Jenkins – Lighting Design
Kally Lloyd-Jones – Movement Director (Go On)
Filming for Go On by Urbancroft Films
The Citizens Theatre is Glasgow’s major producing theatre and one of the leading theatre companies in the UK. Over the last 75 years, it has built an international reputation for producing innovative shows on stage, alongside a highly regarded learning programme of participatory and education work. It is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill who is regarded as having “a talent for classical drama which is genuinely world class.” (Daily Telegraph) and Executive Director, Alex McGowan. The theatre presents bold new interpretations of classic texts that are accessible and relevant - and uniquely, where any member of the audience can attend a performance for as little as 50p.
The company’s beautiful Victorian home in the Gorbals is currently closed while it undergoes a major redevelopment. This will be the first comprehensive, integrated redevelopment of the building since it opened in 1878. The project will transform the experiences of audiences, participants and performers and secure the future of one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings and leading producing theatres. More information: citz.co.uk
Tron Theatre is a unique and flagship organisation as the West of Scotland’s only mid-scale producing venue which delivers challenging new and contemporary performance for the people of Glasgow, Scotland, and worldwide while at the same time playing a vital role at the heart of the Scottish theatre community and facilitating participation in the arts amongst people of all ages, race, ability, and gender.
Tron Theatre Company is under the artistic leadership of Andy Arnold, who is Joint Chief Executive of the organisation with Executive Director, Sam Gough. Recent Tron Theatre Company productions include Gary McNair’s adaptation of the Ben Jonson farce, The Alchemist, The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenberg, Jo Clifford’s adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk, Ma, Paand theLittle Mouths by Martin McCormick, Peter Arnott’s Shall Roger Casement Hang?, Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West and Isobel McArthur’s Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) - Tron’s co-production with Blood of the Young which had its premiere at the venue in 2018, toured nationally, and will open this autumn at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End.
Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund
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The purpose of this fund is to support immediate and critical financial need in order for venues which programme theatre and / or dance and / or music to remain solvent during the period of closure to the public and to plan for a sustainable return. This funding is to bridge the financial gap until opening plans and income projections are clearer.
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