True West

True West

Austin ‘the achiever’, an earnest screenwriter on the verge of success, is working on a script he has sold to a Hollywood producer while house-sitting for his mother in LA. When his brother Lee ‘the drifter’ and petty thief decides to stop by, he pitches his own idea for a movie and convinces the producer to ditch Austin’s love story for his own trashy Western tale. Now they must work together to secure the deal. But with mistrust and jealousy bubbling under the surface and the heat of a Californian night melting away their inhibitions, their own flaws threaten to get in the way.The fiery domestic drama is directed by Phillip Breen who has received critical praise for his previous productions of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The Caretaker, Shadow of a Gunman and The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui for the Citizens.

  • 29 Oct 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 30 Oct 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 31 Oct 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 1 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 2 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 5 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 6 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 7 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • + Post Show Talk
  • 8 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 9 Nov 2013 @ 2.30pm
  • 9 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 12 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 13 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 14 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 15 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 16 Nov 2013 @ 2.30pm
  • 16 Nov 2013 @ 7.30pm

  • Previews 29-30 Oct
    Audio Described 6 Nov
    Signed 7 Nov
    Captioned 14 Nov
    Wheelchair Access
    Guide Dogs welcome
    Induction Loop

    Recommended for 12+

    Photo by Idil Sukan


    “Tremendously vivid” The Scotsman ★★★★

    “A sure-fire smash” The Public Reviews ★★★★★

    “Sam Shepard revival comes to life” The Herald ★★★★

    ”[Alex]Ferns, especially, commandeers a dangerous rock’n'roll energy” The Guardian ★★★★

    “hilarious, absurd and intense” The Skinny ★★★★★

    “an outstanding performance from Eugene O’Hare” The Times ★★★★

    “Good raucous fun.” Across the Arts

    “Laughter is guaranteed” The Journal

    “Brilliantly directed by Phillip Breen” Edinburgh Guide ★★★★


    “Rafferty can make the likes of the Citizens’ stage come alive” Evening Times

    “Glasgow audiences are going to love this. They’re going to see so much in it they can relate to.”
    Alex Ferns in The Sunday Herald

    “It’s one of those [plays] that once seen, you just don’t forget”
    Eugene O’Hare speaking to The Sunday Mail

    “It’s got everything,” says Alex of the play (True West). “It’s about two brothers going up against each other, it’s the Old West against the New West, pioneering spirit versus complacency, it’s about madness and sanity…“It’s the one play I’ve wanted to do since drama school.” Alex Ferns Evening Times

    “I am going to be hyper by the time I start rehearsals for a play I have always wanted to do, in Glasgow.
    Alex Ferns on his Citz debut in The Sunday Mail

    “The story is insane. It makes The Hard Man look like child’s play!”
    Alex Ferns on playing another ‘baddie’ in The Sunday Post

    “I’ve always wanted to act since I can remember when my mother (Betty), a cinema usherette, introduced me to the movie world.”
    Barbara Rafferty chatting to The Herald about her career.

    • Cast & Creative Team
      CASTSteven Elliot - Saul Kimmer Alex Ferns - Lee Eugene O'Hare - Austin Barbara Rafferty - MomCREATIVE TEAMWritten by Sam Shepard Phillip Breen - Director Max Jones - Designer Tina McHugh - Lighting Designer Andrea J Cox - Composer & Sound Designer Renny Krupinski - Fight Director Ros Steen - Voice & Dialect Coach

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