- The opening production of the Tron’s new season will be the Citizens Theatre double bill of Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett and a newly commissioned play, Go On by Scottish writer Linda McLean.
- The Citizens Theatre double bill features the world premiere of Go On, commissioned as a companion piece inspired by the iconic Beckett play.
- Directed by Dominic Hill, the plays star two leading actors of their generation, Niall Buggy and Maureen Beattie.
- The thought-provoking pairing explores what happens when you dare to interact with previous and future versions of yourself.
- Together, these stripped-back and intimate productions offer a raw and emotional experience.
In Samuel Beckett’s seminal Krapp’s Last Tape, an older man reflects on his youth. Sitting alone on his 69th birthday, Krapp (Niall Buggy) listens to a recording of his younger self, rewinding through his life with humour and heartache. It is a revival of a production directed by Dominic Hill at Leeds Playhouse, also starring Buggy, which received critical acclaim when it first reopened in October 2020.
In Go On, Jane (Maureen Beattie) considers how an AI replacement might allow her to exist in the future. Sitting in her sleek kitchen, Jane teaches Jayne the essentials of her life, and the loves and losses that have shaped her. Written by Linda McLean as a companion piece to Krapp’s Last Tape, it is a raw and personal story.
The two plays speak to our own sense of mortality with a wry, dark humour as they look back on life and consider the future. They provide perfect platforms for the acting talents of Maureen Beattie and Niall Buggy.
Irish actor Niall Buggy has worked extensively on the stage and screen in Ireland, the UK and the US. Some of his well-known roles include the lead in Brian Friel’s Uncle Vanya, for which he won an Irish Times Theatre Award, and Brian in Dead Funny for which he won an Olivier Award. More recent plays include Penelope by Enda Walsh, Krapp’s Last Tape at the Leeds Playhouse (directed by Dominic Hill), Beckett Trilogy and On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry for which he won the Origin theatre award in New York.
Maureen Beattie has appeared in a huge range of performances across stage and screen and is well-known to Citz audiences as a friend and supporter of the theatre. She recently appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Scenes for Survival: Sore Afraid which was directed by Dominic Hill.
In a challenging time when the Scottish theatre sector has worked together to recover and the Citizens Theatre building continues its redevelopment, this is the ideal opportunity to welcome back both Citz and Tron audiences to indoor performances.
Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre said:
“I am a huge fan of Samuel Beckett’s work and was very keen for Glasgow to see Niall Buggy’s heart-breaking performance as Krapp. At the Citizens we aim to look forward as well as back, so I also wanted to commission a new play to sit alongside Krapp’s Last Tape. Linda McLean’s fascination with the form of drama, her poetic voice and ability to find something epic in the everyday, made her the ideal writer to accompany Beckett’s extraordinary play. I am delighted to working with the wonderful Maureen Beattie for the first time on a stage play.”
Andy Arnold, Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Tron Theatre said:
“It’s such a joy that Tron Theatre will be open to the public again after so long an absence and what better way to mark this occasion than with the wonderful Citizens Theatre Company and their first ever performances on the Tron stage. Can’t wait.”
Linda McLean, writer of Go On said:
“Krapp’s Last Tape is one of my favourite Beckett plays. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen it. I love the puzzle of it, the way it loops back on itself and adjusts our understanding of then and now and what matters. It demands that you be present and involved. It’s endlessly giving. When Dominic and I talked about a companion piece I knew I had something that would answer but instead of reassessing the past, this woman is training her AI for the future. I’m extremely happy to be working with Dominic again and I have wanted to work with Maureen Beattie for years so this is very special for me.”
KRAPP’S LAST TAPE WITH GO ON
A double bill of one act plays by Samuel Beckett and Linda McLean
Everyone talks to themselves…don’t they? This thought-provoking double bill takes things one step further and explores what happens when you dare to interact with previous and future versions of yourself.
In Samuel Beckett’s seminal Krapp’s Last Tape, an older man reflects on his youth. Sitting alone on his 69th birthday, Krapp (Niall Buggy) listens to a recording of his younger self, rewinding through his life with humour and heartache.
In Go On, Jane (Maureen Beattie) considers how an AI replacement might allow her to exist in the future. Sitting in her sleek kitchen, Jane teaches Jayne the essentials of her life, and the loves and losses that have shaped her.
Inspired by Beckett’s iconic work, Go On is the world premiere of a new play by one of Scotland’s most important voices, Linda McLean. Together, these stripped-back and intimate productions offer a raw and emotional experience that speaks to our own sense of mortality with a wry, dark humour.
Performances will take place at the Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB.
Performance schedule (10 performances):
Thursday 30 September – 7.30pm (preview)
Friday 1 October – 7.30pm (preview)
Saturday 2 October – 7.30pm (press night)
Tuesday 5 October – 7.30pm
Wednesday 6 October – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 7 October – 7.30pm
Friday 8 October – 7.30pm
Saturday 9 October– 2.30pm (audio described and captioned) & 7.30pm
Tickets are priced at £19 | £16 | £14.50
Previews are £10 and a limited number of tickets are available to Gorbals Card holders at £5 on non-preview nights.
Available from citz.co.uk or by calling the Tron Box Office on 0141 552 4267.