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WHAT’S ON MARCH: Political Drama Absence of War at the Citz

Headlong, Sheffield Theatres and Rose Theatre Kingston bring their new production of David Hare’s The Absence of War, directed by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin, to the Citizens Theatre from 31 March – 4 April. This new staging of Hare’s funny, stinging political drama focusing on the fortunes of the Labour Party arrives at the Citizens Theatre in the build up to the 2015 general election.

It’s now or never for George Jones. The heavy-smoking, Shakespeare-loving Labour leader needs to get out of opposition and into Number Ten. Plagued by a hostile media, beset by divisions in his party and haunted by his own demons, George has three weeks to convince the Great British Public that he’s their man. But how much compromise is he prepared to make? How can you truly appeal to the man in the street from the Palace of Westminster? And which tie should he wear for Prime Minister’s Questions?

The cast is led by Reece Dinsdale as George Jones, whose film appearances include Guildenstern in Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet. His TV appearances include Joe McIntyre in Coronation Street and guest roles in Spooks, Life on Mars, Silent Witness and Waterloo Road amongst others.

Also in the cast is Gorbals-born young actor James Harkness. James is returning to the Citizens Theatre having been a member of the Citizens Young Co. from 2007 – 2009. James performed with Citizens Young Co. as part of the Theatre of Debate season at National Theatre’s New Connections Festival in 2008.  It was during this performance that James was spotted by Anthony Banks, Associate Director NT Learning who offered to mentor James in his preparation for his auditions for drama school. Through this connection with the National Theatre, an anonymous donor came forward and offered to support James financially throughout the duration of his training.   

David Hare is one of the UK’s foremost playwrights and screenwriters. His plays include Plenty, Skylight, The Permanent Way and Stuff Happens. He has received two Academy Award nominations for his screenplays for The Hours and The Reader.  The production marks the third collaboration between Hare and Headlong’s Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin, winner of the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director for Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, and director of the company’s most recent transfer to London’s West End, The Nether.  

Headlong is a regular visitor to the Gorbals theatre, most recently bringing its West End smash-hit version of George Orwell’s 1984 to Glasgow audiences. Previous productions at the Citizens Theatre include Chekov’s The Seagull, Medea, Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Absence of War opened in Sheffield on Friday 6 February and tours to Norwich, Watford, Bristol, Cheltenham, Liverpool, before arriving at the Citizens Theatre. The Absence of War also tours to Oxford, Kingston, Cambridge and ends at Theatre Royal Bath on 9 May.

Tickets: £8.50 – £20.50 (concessions available)
Box Office
0141 429 0022 / citz.co.uk
119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS. Open Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Bossnappers at the CCA as part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Bossnappers by Tom Brogan a full length play at CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Sunday 22 March, Monday 23 March and Tuesday 24 March 2015 at 19:30

Tickets: £8/£6

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The women of Donachie’s Biscuit Factory put up with long hours, hazardous conditions and sexist remarks. It’s not fun, but you have to make a living somehow. Right? Then one day a rumour starts. Could their jobs be moved overseas? Are they being made redundant?

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Their boss is reluctant to reveal his plans, but when he decides to get as much work out of his staff as he can the women decide there’s only one thing left they can do. Kidnap him.

But what exactly do Sheena Easton and Dolly Parton have to do with it?

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A new play by Tom Brogan.

Cast and Crew

Rose – Janis Marshall Reilly

Meg – Jamie Lee McPherson

Gwen – Louise Henderson

Helen – Nicola Clark

Alice – Ros McCue

Les – John Winchester

Janis Marshall Reilly – Since graduating from University in 2005 with an MA in Theatre Studies Janis has worked extensively as a freelance actor, director and producer, workshop practitioner and arts events co-ordinator. She also produces her own theatre and film work with UNSCENE and gives other creative professionals a platform to do the same.

Jamie Lee McPherson – As an actor Jamie Lee’s theatre credits include ‘Mirror God’, ‘Julius Caesar’, ‘Another Road’ and ‘Some Just Can’t Bite’. Television includes ‘River City’.

Louise Henderson – Louise makes her acting debut in ‘Bossnappers’. Similar to her character, Gwen, she’s a self confessed digital whizz-kid. When she’s not hatching plans to kidnap her fictional (or not?) boss, Louise can usually be found with her sidekick Louie, a rescue Westie, playing softball, or singing Sheena Easton songs on the ukulele.

Nicola Clark – Nicola ‘s theatre includes ‘Serve Cold’, ‘Cuttin’ a Rug’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Tenement 12’. Television includes ‘Outlander’ and ‘Panorama’.

Ros McCue – Ros works as a drama teacher. Theatre includes ‘The Daphne Disaster’, ‘Steaming’, ‘The Steamie’ and ‘Party Suzie’. Film includes ‘A Small Piece of Paradise’ and ‘One Life Stand’.

John Winchester – John trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes ‘Teechers’, ‘Where’s Ellie’, ‘Black Watch’, ‘Moby Dick: Inside the Belly of the Beast’, ‘You Me Bum Bum Train’, ‘Scrooge on The Farm’ and ‘Love’s Labours Lost’. Television includes ‘Once Upon a Crime’, ‘Grandpa in My Pocket’ and ‘Ha Ha Hairies’.

Tom Brogan – ‘Bossnappers’ is Tom’s fifth produced play. The others are ‘Odds and Sods’ (2009), Cinderella Boys (2011) (both written with Fraser Campbell), Great Lengths (2013) and Good Times Never Seemed So Good (2014). As an actor Tom appeared in the pilot and first series of the BBC sketch comedy ‘Limmy’s Show’.

WHAT’S ON MARCH: The Third Tenant at The Shed

Why are Lena and Lisbeth sharing a flat when they have nothing in common but a mutual dislike? What will happen to their fragile co-existence when another lodger is forced upon them? Who, and what, are these women and who is the volatile Third Tenant?

The Third Tenant will be at The Shed, Langside Avenue, Shawlands, Glasgow from Thursday 19th March until Saturday 21st March 2015 at 7pm.

Tickets £10/£8

To book email: manager@tramdirect.com or phone: 0141 637 0778

WHAT’S ON MARCH 2015: Love 2.0 at Eastwood Park

Love 2.0 by Sleeping Warrior Theatre Co

Tuesday 17 March, 7.30pm
Approx running time 70mins

Gary is a catch, on Facebook at least. He’s virtually a virtual dream man – smart, funny, profound. A certified “Lad”. He even likes all the same things as Susie – cheeky full-fat lattes, One Born Every Minute and the divine melodies of Mick Hucknall and Simply Red.

However, when the pair try and move their whirlwind virtual romance into the real world, things don’t go quite according to plan…

Love 2.0 is an outrageous new comedy about dating in the age of social media, where Facebook profiles are brought to vivid life on stage and nothing is quite what it seems.

Prices

  • Standard £13
  • Concession £11
  • Student £9

WHAT’S ON MARCH 2015: Hero Worship by Sonic Boom

Websters Theatre, Glasgow 17th March

Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock 21st March

(Approx running time 90mins)

Anachronism is a super hero.

Sure, to the untrained eye it seems as like he’s just a normal mild-mannered super market worker who likes to take his puppy for walks in the park but in actual fact he IS a super hero.

What’s his power, you ask?

Well, he’s still trying to figure that out.

Using a combination of theatre, storytelling and fast paced energetic poetry this one man show takes us on an often hilarious, often poignant journey through the worlds of our own inner monologues and explores whether we all have some kind of secret identity.

 

WHAT’S ON MARCH 2015: Sex in Suburbia starring Claire Sweeney

The mysteries of men, dating, finding Mr Right, and motherhood are explored in Sex In Suburbia, the new comedy starring Claire Sweeney visiting Glasgow on 22 March. With West End and touring production credits that include Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Educating Rita and September In The Rain and television roles in Brookside, Clocking Off, Merseybeat and Candy Cabs, Claire has established herself as one of the most popular and versatile talents in the UK.

Sex In Suburbia is co-written by Claire Sweeney and Mandy Muden, directed by Ken Alexander (Hormonal Housewives) with set design by Mark Walters (Hot Flush). Packed with revealing and raunchy storylines set to a backdrop of sensational musical anthems including I’m Every Woman, I Want To Break Free and Somebody Else’s Guy, Sex In Suburbia will make you laugh, cry and dance in the aisles.

Penny Crowe (Lindzi Germain) is the host of a late-night radio phone-in and as Britain’s leading Agony Aunt, she takes calls about every date from hell and the occasional one from heaven. She is more than happy to dish out relationship advice, but is she as happy to take it…? Claire Sweeney joins Penny on her show as a ‘relationship expert’ while Carl Patrick revels in multiple roles which take in frigid footie fans, karate chopping kids and outrageous radio host, Rory Reynolds.

And  as a way of keeping Sex in Suburbia  ‘Real’ with a capital R, sassy and brave audience members, will be invited to share their own personal dating stories live on stage and will be rewarded with an Ann Summers goodie bag.

“The cackle-ometer nearly reaches breaking point” – thepublicreviews.com

Filled with fun, laughter, emotion and truth, Sex In Suburbia is based on real stories from real women.

THEATRE ROYAL GLASGOW

SUNDAY 22 MARCH 2015