NEWS: TRON THEATRE LAUNCHES MAYFESTO 2019: A SEASON OF ESCAPOLOGY

Mayfesto is the Tron’s mini-festival of edgy and provocative new work and with the world around us seemingly forever on a knife-edge, they present a cavalcade of escape artists. Fierce woman at home and abroad tear apart their societal constraints, lone adventurers strike out in environs new and dreamers to carry us down the rabbit hole and off to karaoke.

Eve Nicol and Andy Edwards are the Resident Artists for the festival, with Eve directing a brand-new work for Scotland, The Mistress Contract (1-11 May), which sets out to establish clear cut rules of engagement between the sexes in a complicated world of blurred lines and grey areas.  Inspired by the memoir of real-life couple, SHE and HE, Abi Morgan’s play is bruisingly candid.  Andy Edward’s work-in-progress piece, Arketype (24 & 25 May, 8pm) is a tragic-comic revisioning of Noah’s Ark – a retelling of the famous flood myth against a contemporary world of rising sea levels and men whose boats we don’t need.

Amid the current political climate, Johnny McKnight reworks Dario Fo’s hilarious 70s farce, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! as Low Pay? Don’t Pay! (2-11 May) where the action moves to Glasgow and a group of women lose patience with low pay and rising prices and take direct action.  Gav Prentice, fresh from a residency with the National Theatre of Scotland presents his first play, Turn the Night (10 & 11 May), bringing the sounds of a real night out into the theatre.  Apphia Campbell’s Woke (15 & 16 May), set against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues, focuses on two women, 42 years apart who become involved in the struggle for human rights and Electrolyte (15 -18 May) is WILDCARD’s multi-award-winning piece of gig theatre that powerfully explores mental health.

There is a piece for younger audiences this Mayfesto, in the shape of Imaginate and Stellar Quines’ This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (17 & 18 May).  This new play suitable for ages 7yrs+ is an empowering contemporary fairytale about determination, friendship and the ups and downs of growing older. They’res also the Fringe First-winning Status (24 & 25 May), scratch performance from ThickSkin, AWOL (30 & 31 May), the latest rehearsed reading in Fire Exit’s Pyromania programme, Tomorrow, Under Snow (28 May) and a visually sumptuous version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (29 May – 1 June) from Ireland’s longest running theatre ensemble Blue Raincoat (Shackleton, The Third Policeman).

In the words of resident artist Andy Edwards: “This Mayfesto is a programme of dreams, plots and plans. Chances to escape what you already know, what you already think.you can only escape to come back, but can we return with fresh purpose, open hands, new ideas – ready to go again?”

This year’s Mayfesto is a brilliant opportunity to escape and enjoy the very best in new engaged and engaging work that the Tron and their visiting company partners have to offer.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Wed 1 – Sat 11 May
Tron Theatre Company presents
THE MISTRESS CONTRACT
Changing House
8pm (matinees Sat 4 & 11 May, 2.45pm)
BSL Thu 9 May
Tickets: £11 (£8.50)
Tron Theatre
0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

Inspired by a real-life memoir, Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract redefines the rules of engagement between the sexes in a complicated world of blurred lines and grey areas.

Thu 2 – Sat 11 May
Glasgow Life presents
LOW PAY? DON’T PAY!
Main Auditorium
7.45pm (matinee Sat 11 May, 2.30pm)
Tickets: £11- £17
Tron Theatre
0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

A timely revival of Dario Fo’s famous satirical farce Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! brings the action to Glasgow in a new version by comedy genius Johnny McKnight.

Fri 10 – Sat 11 May
Gav Prentice presents
TURN THE NIGHT
Victorian Bar
8.30pm
Tickets: £11 (£8.50)
Tron Theatre
0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

Musician Gav Prentice writes and performs solo for his first play, portraying a succession of Karaoke night regulars bearing their souls via original songs.

Wed 15 & Thu 16 May
Play the Spotlight Theatre presents
WOKE
Main Auditorium
7.45pm
Tickets: £15 (£11)
Tron Theatre
0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

From the creator of the hit show Black Is The Color Of My Voice comes a new story about the 20th Century African American experience. Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award for its premiere season and was highly commended by the judges of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.

Wed 15 – Sat 18 May
WILDCARD presents
ELECTROLYTE
Changing House
8pm
Tickets: £11 (£8.50)
Tron Theatre
0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

Wildcard’s Edinburgh Fringe smash hit Electrolyte is a multi-award-winning piece of gig theatre that powerfully explores mental health for a contemporary audience.

Fri 17 & Sat 18 May
Imaginate and Stellar Quines present
This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing
Main Auditorium
1pm Fri 17; 2pm & 7pm Sat 18
Tickets: £10 (Family of 3 £27; Family of 4 £36)
Tron Theatre
0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

Triplet sisters left in a forest by their Father are forced to find their own way in the world. An empowering adventurous fairytale about growing up.

Fri 24 & Sat 25 May
China Plate and Straatstheater presents
STATUS
Main Auditorium
7.45pm
Tickets: £17 (£13)
Tron Theatre
0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

A globe-spanning journey of attempted escape, with songs along the way.

Fri 24 & Sat 25 May
Tron CREATIVE presents
ARKETYPE (Work in Progress)
Changing House
8pm
Tickets: £5 (£3 Maker)
Tron Theatre
0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

Arketype is a tragicomic revisioning of Noah’s Ark, a retelling of the famous flood myth against a contemporary world of rising sea levels, mustard knitwear and bearded men whose boats we don’t need.

Tue 28 May
Fire Exit presents
Pyromania (Rehearsed Reading): TOMORROW, UNDER SNOW
Changing House
8pm
Tickets: £5 (£3 Maker)
Tron Theatre
0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

Rehearsed reading of Andy Edward’s new work, Tomorrow, Under Snow developed through Fire Exit’s Pyromania programme.

Wed 29 May – Sat 1 June
Blue Raincoat Theatre Company presents
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Main Auditorium
7.45pm
Tickets: £15 (£11)
Tron Theatre
0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

From the creative team that brought you Shackleton and The Third Policeman comes a fast-paced visual and imaginative rendition of a timeless classic.

Thu 30 & Fri 31 May
ThickSkin presents
AWOL (Scratch Performance)
Changing House
8pm
Tickets: £5 (£3 Maker)
Tron Theatre
0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

In a cold, controlled world, where we are all expected to conform, two individuals go under the radar to break away from the norm.