‘What happens when women band together to fight the system?’
A uniquely Glaswegian take on a classic satirical play is touring to community venues and professional theatres around the city this spring.
Written by Johnny McKnight, Low Pay? Don’t Pay! follows a group of women who lose patience with low pay and rising prices before taking direct action.
The play, adapted from Italian Nobel prize winner Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! is produced by Glasgow Life and supported by Creative Scotland.
McKnight, best known for his well-loved scripts for the Tron Theatre’s hugely popular pantomimes and River City, brings this fast moving, hilarious tale to present day Glasgow.
‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay! opens on Friday 3 May at the Tron Theatre as part of Mayfesto 2019.
It tours to community venues across the city including Barmulloch Community Centre, Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre, Penilee Community Centre, and Lodging House Mission – a Glasgow based charity dedicated to providing care and support to homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded people.
Ticket prices for community venues are £5 (£3 concessions).
The play will also tour to Paisley Arts Centre, Cumbernauld Theatre, Brunton Theatre and Platform, in the East End of the City.
Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “This superb new production updates the action from its original 1970s setting in Italy to Glasgow today. Low Pay? Don’t Pay! is cutting edge satire at its best with a warm and wry Glasgow attitude shining throughout.
“Through a wide reaching series of performances in community centres across the city, there will be opportunities for everyone to experience the play in a venue near them at an affordable price. We hope audiences will have a great time at the show and be inspired to keep engaging with the arts in their own communities.”
Dr Femi Folorunso, Theatre Officer, Creative Scotland commented: “Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’ by the late Italian dramatist, Dario Fo, is considered one of the best work of 20th century European theatre. It is a work that mirrors some of the contradictions in the struggle for individual happiness and collective social justice in our age.
“Creative Scotland is delighted to have been able to support this Glasgow adaptation, with the promise of full local trimmings added, of a work that is timeless in its message and which above all is a good piece of theatre.”
Full details of the tour can be found on glasgowlife.org.uk/arts
2 – 11 May – Tron Theatre (tron.co.uk)
17 May – Cumbernauld Theatre (cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk)
19 May – Platform (platform-online.co.uk)
25 May – Brunton Theatre (thebrunton.co.uk)
1 June – Paisley Arts Centre (renfrewshireleisure.com/whatson)
Community tour (Tickets £5/£3)
15 May Barlanark Community Centre
16 May Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre
18 May Pollokshields Community Centre
22 May Lodging House Mission
24 May Penilee Community Centre
28 May Possilpoint Community Centre
29 May Ruchill Community Centre
30 May Barrowfield Community Centre
31 May Barmulloch Community Centre