Award-winning Scottish Borders theatre company Firebrand are set to bring their Scottish premiere production of Irish playwright Frank McGuinness’ The Match Box to the Citizens Theatre from 20-24 Feb.

Richard Baron, who recently directed his first Citizens theatre production, Bold Girls, on the main stage, brings this intense monologue performed by Janet Coulson to the theatre’s intimate Circle Studio.

The play explores the ties that bind and the shockingly brutal events that bring Sal to a remote exile on Valentia Island off the coast of County Kerry. McGuinness has created an intriguing heroine, a woman to be pitied and feared in equal measure. Her intriguing story begs only one question of the audience; what would you do if pushed to the very edge?

Frank McGuinness is a Tony Award winning writer from Donegal, Ireland. In 2016 the Citizens Theatre staged a major co-production of McGuinness’ 1985 classic Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (★★★★★ Sunday Telegraph ★★★★ Scotsman ★★★★ Herald) with Headlong, the Abbey Theatre and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.

Director Richard Baron said of The Match Box:

“It is a complete encounter with grief and the will to forgive, with powerful resonances of recent Scottish news stories about gang-related shootings.”

“With superb storytelling skill, McGuinness’ atmospheric revenge drama uses surprising humour, and influences ranging from Samuel Beckett to Greek tragedy, to dig fearlessly into the flesh and sinew of such an event, posing awkward questions about public, mass media, and private reactions to the concept of vengeance.”

Tickets for The Match Boxare available by calling the Citizens Theatre Box Office on 0141 429 0022 or by visiting Tickets start from £2 concessions.


Praise for previous productions of The Match Box:

“So powerful it knocks the breath from your body.” The Times ★★★★

“It’s rare to find storytelling as sharply and simply involving as this...” Telegraph ★★★★

The production also plays at The Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Thu 1 Feb - Sat 3 Feb, Birnam Arts, Dunkeld, Wed 7 Feb, Heart of Hawick, Hawick, Fri 9 – Sun 11 Feb, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 13 – Sat 17 Feb. 

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