This autumn, The Tron hosts the world premiere of Gary McNair’s adaptation of The Alchemist, featuring BAA’s Neshla Caplan and Stephen Clyde.
‘Douse your hair in treacle, it will act as a thickener. Fill your underpants with sodium bicarbonate and vinegar.
Swallow a live goldfish, make sure it’s a wriggler.
You will be nervous, but no drink, not even a stiffener.
If you do these things you are bound to impress.
And the fairy queen’s magic will take care of the rest…’
So instructs the artful Subtle as he tricks another victim with talk of fairy queens and with his very own ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ at hand to change base metals into gold. His accomplice, the conniving Face, is cleaner of the house and these two rogues set themselves up as confidence tricksters while the master is away.
As money and gullible victims start rolling in it all starts to go very horribly wrong…acclaimed Scottish writer Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide to Dying, McGonagall’s Chronicles) has taken on Ben Jonson’s Jacobean farce, re-writing it in rhyming couplets and relocating it from London to Glasgow with brilliant comic effect.
‘Surely they’ll pull it off, oh they’re gonnae…
But the whole thing goes up the swanny!’
Cast: Neshla Caplan, Stephen Clyde, Jo Freer, Robert Jack, Louise McCarthy, Grant O’Rourke.
Adapted by Gary McNair from the original play by Ben Jonson
Directed by Andy Arnold
Designed by Charlotte Lane
Composer Oguz Kaplangi
For tickets and more info click herePPP on the BBC
Starting in September, the new BBC Scotland series will show six of the pub lunchtime plays kicking off with Chic Murray: A Funny Place For A Window, featuring BAA’s Maureen Carr.
The season also includes Toy Plastic Chicken, written by Uma Nada-Rajah and featuring Neshla Caplan and David James Kirkwood; and Crocodile Rock, written by Andy McGregor.
Watch them all on BBC iPlayer here
Toy Plastic Chicken – A Play, A Pie and A Pint
Uma Nada-Rajah’s Toy Plastic Chicken comes to Oran Mor this spring and features BAA’s Neshla Caplan and David James Kirkwood.
At Edinburgh Airport, a toy plastic chicken is suspected to be a bomb. A woman is screened for domestic radicalisation, while her interrogators decide to perform violent and radical act of their own. Based on a true story, Toy Plastic Chicken is a blackly comedic exploration of degradation and revolt.
Runs from Mon, 06 May, 2019 — Sat, 11 May, 2019
For tickets and more info, click here
Arctic Oil by Clare Duffy – Traverse Theatre
Written by the award-winning 2015 IASH / Traverse Theatre Creative Fellow Claire Duffy and directed by Traverse Associate Director Gareth Nicholls, (Ulster American), Arctic Oil opens on 6th October at the Traverse, featuring Brennan Artists’ Neshla Caplan.
On a remote Scottish island, an estranged mother and daughter are at loggerheads over how best to save their children. While Ella fights for her son’s future, her mother Karen is terrified that Ella’s environmental activism will her get killed. Trapped together until one of them gives in or lashes out, it quickly becomes clear that not all mothers know best.
Click here for tickets and more information.Breakfast Plays: YOUTHQUAKE – Traverse Theatre
A significant cultural, political or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.
Three young Scottish playwrights from the Traverse Young Writers’ group join forces with three leading British writers to explore a pressing question of our time: how can the younger generation be a catalyst for social and political change?
Paired with pieces from their professional mentors, this brave new body of work from young voices is a defiant demand to be seen as more than avocado-fuelled millennials.
Kick start your festival day with these script-in-hand readings, and enjoy a breakfast roll and tea/coffee with your ticket.
Old Enough written by Laurie Motherwell
Tonight the age of adulthood is increasing to 25. Jo is 20 and Poll is 26. What starts as a celebration of more care-free years becomes an exploration of what could be lost more than gained.
Cast includes: Joanna Tope (also appearing in Grout)
Fu**ing Millennials directed by Adura Onashile
Iain is a jaded, aging teacher in a state of personal crisis. When he blunders into an Edinburgh brothel only to find his former student Zara working there, both are drawn into a generational sparring match about work, intimacy and responsibility for the state of the world we inherit.
Cast includes: Mark McDonnell
Squall directed by Adura Onashile
Every school in Scotland has had lockdown drills for years. Drills keep students safe. Prepared for the worst-case scenario. Erin, Alice and Rob are stuck in a safe room with nothing to do but argue. About the drills. The drills that keep them safe. Because it’s always just a drill, right?
Cast includes: Mark McDonnell
The Things I Would Tell You: Words From Three Young British Muslim Women
Inspired by the anthology of the same name, three young British Muslim women explore what it is they should tell you, us, themselves and what they want to tell you, us, themselves in a mash up of poetry, discussion and song.
Cast includes: Neshla Caplan
On the 15th June, 2017, teenage blogger Verity McAlpine disappeared. She stopped uploading videos, let her Instagram go stale and abandoned her Twitter followers. Anya Kine has a theory about the disappearance. How far will she go to uncover the truth?
Cast includes: Neshla Caplan
Further information on dates and times here
Sunshine on Leith – West Yorkshire Playhouse
Returning from war overseas, servicemen Davy and Ally find their way in their hometown of Edinburgh in this funny and moving story. They embark upon intertwining journeys of life and love, set to the timeless songs of the much-loved band The Proclaimers, including I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), Letter from America and of course the emotive Sunshine on Leith, as they question what ‘home’ really means.
Featuring BAA client Neshla Caplan.
Touring from 20th April and reaches the King’s Theatre 18th – 23rd June.
More information can be found here.The Arabian Nights
This Christmas, adventure awaits with three wishes, seven seas and forty thieves.
Join us in the bustling bazaar of Baghdad for this sparkling adventure featuring tales of Sinbad, Ali Baba and mysterious genies, not to mention hidden treasure, a chess-playing monkey, a flying horse and a whole host of heroes and villains.
Rich with suspense, enchantment, and fun, the ancient tales of The Arabian Nights are irresistible for all ages. Book your seats for a magic carpet ride that will transport your family to the glittering heat of a marvellous faraway land.
Featuring Neshla Caplan and Tim Licata.
Begins the 25th November. More information here.The Sunshine Ghost
A new musical from Andy Cannon and Richard Ferguson, directed by Ken Alexander. The Sunshine Ghost tells the wonderfully comic story of the acquisition of Castle MacKinnon by a love-struck billionaire and property tycoon for his fiancé, ‘Astrobeth’ – Hollywood’s favourite astrologer.
Featuring Neshla Caplan and Barrie Hunter. This musical will tour theatres from the beginning of October. More information can be found here.Breakfast Plays – B!rth
Neshla Caplan can be seen in two of this year’s BREAKFAST PLAYS at the Traverse Theatre over the Festival OUROBOROS by Swati Simha (India) & Q&Q by Liwaa Yazji (Syria).
The plays can be seen on intermittent mornings from the 15th-27th August.
Heartfelt and hard-hitting, these plays tackle one of the key issues today: the vast inequality in healthcare across the world. Each year, millions of women and children die from preventable causes. These are not mere statistics. Start your festival day with these script-in-hand performances, and enjoy a breakfast roll and tea/coffee with your ticket.Adam – NTS
If you are born in a country where being yourself can get you killed, exile is your only choice. Adam is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man having to make that choice and begin his journey. From Egypt to Scotland, it charts Adam’s fight across borders and genders to find a place to call home. In a world first, Adam features a 120-strong international world choir of trans individuals from across the globe which has been uniquely integrated into this remarkable multimedia production.
Neshla Caplan stars in ADAM, which runs at the Traverse Theatre from 5th – 27th August. Ticket are available here.Wee Free
1984. Morna escapes the city to teach music on the remote Isle of Munst. When she accidentally marries a pillar of the community, she finds herself at odds with the quirks of The Kirk and the strange ways of the locals. Can a New Romantic survive on an island ruled by The Old Testament?
Continuing their Mini Musical season, Play, Pie and a Pint present the Wee Free! Musical, the run begins week commencing 12th June, with a brilliant cast, including Neshla Caplan.Voices in Her Ear – Play, Pie, Pint
Don’t miss Alison Peebles and Neshla Caplan in this week’s production from A Play, A Pie and A Pint.
Talking to the dead is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. Betty has been talking to dead people for thirty years and she’s weary, heart sore, and filthy rich. So, she’s packing up, taking down the website and retiring somewhere warm.
That’s a problem for Siobhan her assistant, (and the thirty other people employed in this multi million pound scam business). Tonight though, there’s just one final private session with yet another punter desperate for answers.
The production can be seen this week at Oran Mor, Glasgow and then next week at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.