Citizens Theatre presents


By John Byrne
Directed by Caroline Paterson

Wed 8 February – Sat 4 Mar 2017, Citizens Theatre
Tues 7 – Sat 11 Mar 2017, King’s Theatre Edinburgh

PRESS NIGHT Fri 10 February, 7.30pm

Following the highly successful new production by the Citizens Theatre of John Byrne’s The Slab Boys in 2015, the boys are back with the second instalment in the trilogy, Cuttin’ A Rug at the Citizens Theatre and King’s Theatre, Edinburgh from 8 Feb – 12 Mar 2017.

Byrne’s Slab Boys trilogy paints a vivid und unflinching depiction of the tough, rebellious, working class culture of 1950s Scotland. The first instalment, The Slab Boys introduces strutting adolescent double act Phil and Spanky in the confines of their work at the A. F. Stobo carpet factory.  Cuttin’ A Rug dives straight back in to the story, following the boys to the annual staff dance, still chasing the unobtainable Lucille and their dreams of life beyond the slab room.

Writer John Byrne returns to the Citizens having designed 2015’s The Slab Boys to design the new production. As well as a playwright, Byrne is one of the most important figures of the Scottish visual art scene, with his many of his works hanging in The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and featured on album covers by acts such as The Beatles, Gerry Rafferty and Donovan. In 2013 the Festival City Theatres Trust which manages the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh commissioned Byrne to create a mural for the restored theatre’s domed auditorium. 

Caroline Paterson, most well-known for her TV role as Mark Fowler’s wife Ruth in EastEnders, directs the show. Paterson has previously appeared in The Slab Boys as Lucille in the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh’s 1989 production, and in Dundee Rep’s 1987 production which also starred Alan Cumming and Robert Carlyle.  Having first been employed by the Citizens Theatre as a teenager as an usher,  Paterson last appeared on the Citizens stage in the company’s 2013 production of Takin’ Over the Asylum, having appeared in the original BBC drama series.

Paterson has previously directed a radical reworking of the Slab Boys trilogy for Rain Dog, which starred David Hayman, the late Gerard Kelly, Andy Gray, Barbara Rafferty and Robert Carlyle. Talking about returning to the play with which she has such a long association, Paterson said:

“I was 17 when I was first introduced to the Slab Boys plays, the same age as the characters. It was the first time I had seen a play that represented me, and I completely identified with them and their sense of humour.

I’m delighted that the Citizens is giving a new generation the chance to see Cuttin’ A Rug and feel extremely fortunate to be asked to direct. The plays are very close to my heart and inspired me to become an actor. They are Scotland’s treasure and I look forward to seeing the next generation of teenagers enjoying these plays.”

Tickets for Citizens Theatre performances available now from: 0141 429 0022 /
for King’s Theatre Edinburgh performances from: 0131 529 6000 / Priority booking for Friends of Festival and King’s Theatres. General sales open Monday 27 June



Citizens Theatre Press Night Fri 10 February, 7.30pm

For more information, interviews and images, or to request tickets, please contact Keren Nicol, Marketing & Communications Manager 0141 418 6233. Production images will be available to download from the Citizens Theatre flickr feed

Citizens Theatre presents
Cuttin’ A Rug
By John Byrne
Directed by Caroline Paterson

119 Gorbals Street, G5 9DS

Dates:  8 Feb – 4 Mar 2017, 7.30pm
Previews: 8 & 9 Feb
Matinees: Wed 15, Wed 22 Feb, Wed 1 Mar, 1.30pm
Sat 18, Sat 25 Feb, Sat 4 Feb, 2.30pm
Tickets: 50p - £22.50
Book at │ 0141 429 0022

2 Leven Street, EH3 9LQ

Dates: Tuesday 7 – Sat 11 Mar
Matinees: Wed 8 Mar & Sat 11 Mar 2.30pm

Tickets: £17 - £28
Book at │0131 529 6000

Slab Boys at the Citizens Theatre

The Citizens Theatre presented The Slab Boys in February 2015, reuniting the original creative team from the premiere production in 1978: designer John Byrne and director David Hayman. Audience demand to see this landmark piece of Scottish drama was high, with additional performances being added to the run after announcement.  Following the performances at the Citizens Theatre, the production toured to King’s Theatre Edinburgh.

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