NEWS: TRON’S MAYFESTO 2020 LAUNCHES – BREAD & CIRCUSES

Mayfesto is the Tron’s mini-festival of edgy and provocative new work – and which takes inspiration for its theme this year, BREAD and CIRCUSES from the Juvenal quote about people being pacified with food and entertainment, voluntarily trading democratic freedoms for stable yet controlling governments.

 Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir and Ryan Hay are the Resident Artists for the festival, with Kolbrún directing the Scottish premiere of Debbie Tucker Green’s devastating thriller of a play, hang (29 Apr – 9 May, Press Night: Thu 30 Apr, 8pm), in the studio space. Ryan Hay’s work-in-progress piece candy (20 May) is a sugar-coated outcry that examines how we cope with life; an experimental new play about class, love and paying the bills. 

Artistic Director Andy is working on two Mayfesto projects – high man pen meander (14-16 May) a thrilling promenade piece around and about the Tron Theatre celebrating the work of the great Glasgow poet Edwin Morgan as part of #edwinmorgan100 and Daggers in the Air (1 & 2 May) a text-driven scratch performance with Tron Young Company where they’ll perform, in-the-round, excerpts from some of the 20th century’s most absurd and existential scripts.

Visiting work comes in the form of winner of the 2019 Mental Health Fringe Award, All of Me (21 – 23 May) from Olivier Award nominee Caroline Horton, an intimate and absurd exploration of wanting to live, wanting to die and what can happen if we sit together with the dark directed by Alex Swift; Scottee: Class (27-28 May), part of the Take Me Somewhere programme, a damaged, brutal, savagely funny reflection on what it means growing up working-class; and the festival closes with Egg (29 & 30 May), Paper Doll Militia’s highly visual exploration of female fertility, sexuality and choice which weaves together personal testimony, original music and stunning aerial artistry.

As Ryan Hay sums up ‘Mayfesto is a place where boundaries are transgressed, where all are welcome, and where the established order is tested. Indulge. Question. Rebel. Come to the circus.’

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Wed 29 Apr – Sat 9 May

Tron Theatre Company presents

hang

Changing House

8pm (matinees Sat 2 & 9 May, 2.45pm)

BSL Fri 8 May

Tickets: £11 (£8.50)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

His life. In her hands. debbie tucker green’s shattering play about one woman’s unspeakable decision.  Part of Mayfesto 2020.

 

Fri 1 & Sat 2 May

Tron Young Company presents

DAGGERS IN THE AIR (Scratch Performance)

Main Auditorium

7.45pm (matinee Sat 2 May, 2.30pm)

Tickets: £5 (£3)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

Tron Young Company have been working with Andy Arnold to stage scratch performances of an in-the-round series of classic and not-so-classic comedy theatre pieces with extraordinary dialogue. 

 

Thu 14 – Sat 16 May

Tron Theatre Company presents

high man pen meander

Promenade

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Tickets: £10

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

A wander down dark corridors, up stairwells and into tight spaces…in pursuit of the works of the great Edwin Morgan…a thrilling promenade show around and about the Tron Theatre.

 

Wed 20 May

Tron CREATIVE presents

candy (Work-in-Progress)

Changing House

8pm

Tickets: £5 (£3 MAKER)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

A work-in-progress sharing of a new play from the 2020 Mayfesto Artists, Ryan Hay and Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir about class, love, and paying the bills.

 

Thu 21 – Sat 23 May

Caroline Horton & Co and China Plate presents

ALL OF ME (the possibility of future splendor)

Main Auditorium

7.45pm

Tickets: £17 (£13)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

Written and performed by Caroline Horton – an intimate and absurd exploration of wanting to live, wanting to die and what can happen if we sit together with the dark. Directed by Alex Swift (★★★★ Mess).

 

Wed 27 & Thu 28 May

Take Me Somewhere presents

SCOTTEE: CLASS

Main Auditorium

7.45pm

Tickets: £15 (£11)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

Edinburgh Fringe hit 2019. Scottee uncovers what it is to be embarrassed about where you’re from. This is a show for the middle classes.

 

Fri 29 & Sat 30 May

Paper Doll Militia presents

EGG

Main Auditorium

7.45pm

Tickets: £17 (£13)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

A powerful new aerial theatre production with live music, telling the true story of a woman who gave her eggs to her friend to have a child.

Collage image credits L-R clockwise: All of Me, credit Holly Revell; hang, credit Mihaela Bodlovic; Scottee: Class; candy, credit iStock; Daggers in the Air, credit John Johnston; high man pen meander, credit iStock; Egg, credit Richard Dyson Photography.