Here at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre, we recently announced our Autumn/Winter 2016 season – an extraordinary and eclectic range of work with world-class theatre and unique dance presented alongside ventures into absurdism and activism.
We’re delighted to be working with the Traverse Theatre on Rob Drummond’s Grain in the Blood (Oct 19-29). Set against the backdrop of an eerie rural community and steeped in the folklore of the harvest, it explores the timely moral dilemma of how much we are prepared to sacrifice for the greater good? Another co-production this season is with Maraike Bruening on Summer Heart (Sept 8 & 9): an insight into the extraordinary life of classical pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who until her death in 2014, was known as the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor. Challenging the familiar recital experience, Maraike tells Alice’s story using some of Chopin’s most dramatic études, theatrical writing, illustration and projection. We’re also working again with Theatre Jezebel on staging Mad Men and House of Cards writer Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain (Sept 16-24). Two Chicago cops find their life-long, almost family-like bond put to the test when they’re called out to a domestic disturbance that takes a turn for the worst.
Other main auditorium shows include the spectacularly surreal Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers (Sept 28 & 29) with their audacious new show; Olivier Award-winning Pat Kinevane with his ‘unequivocally beautiful’ piece Forgotten (Oct 1); and Enda Walsh’s furious, funny and violent dash through a lifelong friendship at the moment of its savage destruction, Disco Pigs (Oct 4 & 5). The ever-popular Mark Thomas returns with the third in his trilogy of multi-award winning shows, The Red Shed (Oct 6-8) and Company Chordelia and Solar Bear present a unique piece of dance theatre, Lady Macbeth: unsex me here (Nov 1 & 2) where a cast of male dancers explore the relationship between masculine and feminine in one of Shakespeare’s most complex women.
Our Changing House programme is equally diverse, opening with ZENDEH’s Transit (Sept 2). Gary McNair returns with his Fringe First-winning show A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (Sept 14-17), an intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind, and some of Scotland’s finest clowns will test their funny in Clown Cabaret Scratch Night (Sept 29 – Oct 1). Paul Brotherston will direct Gerry Mulgrew in Samuel Beckett’s ‘duet for one’, Krapp’s Last Tape (Oct 5-8) and we’re delighted to be on the tour schedule for Andy McGregor’s fast and furious new comedy The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petit (Oct 12-15). More new writing comes in the form of Where the Crow Flies (Nov 2 & 3) and the return of Scenes Unseen: Rehearsed Readings (Nov 4 & 5), with unseen gems from DC Jackson, Sue Glover and Douglas Maxwell presented alongside the work of new writers supported by Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland.
Our established Vic Bar events continue to sell out each month, with Sunday Jazz and The Seven Song Club returning for the Autumn-Winter season, alongside acoustic folk night, Folkify, with Sandy Nelson and Morna Young, performance poetry in the form of the Sunday Slams and new event, Mixtape; and our Bar & Kitchen have introduced the Tasting Series, sumptuous 5-course menus paired with innovative cocktails from our brand partners.
As ever, the season will conclude with another of Johnny McKnight’s panto extravaganzas, The Snaw Queen (Nov 29, 2016 – Jan 7, 2017) and our festive show for 3-6 year olds, The Night After Christmas (Nov 29 – Dec 31), directed by Tron Participation’s Lisa Keenan.
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