The Alchemist – Tron Theatre

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

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The Electrifying Mr Johnston – On Tour

BAA’s Stephen Clyde tours this month in Comar’s production of The Electrifying Mr Johnston by Robert Dawson Scott.

The play is the story of Tom Johnston, one of Scotland’s great unsung heroes and the man who, through incredible feats of engineering, introduced hydro-electric power and changed the Highlands forever.

This political and human story sees Johnston the radical thinker, land reformer and scourge of the establishment vying with Highland landowners for access to their land to transform the lives of people in rural communities who, until as late as the 1950s, depended on oil lamps.

The tour begins on Friday 8 Feb at Mull Theatre, then carries on around Scotland.

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The Biscuit – A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Brennan Artists Stephen Clyde and Paul Thomas-Clark star this month in Donald McCleary’s The Biscuit, running at Oran Mor as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint’s Autumn season.

Spiky, intellectual Prime Minister Ellis Gregory and his wife Sam are trapped in a safe room during a security alert, and so is friendly cleaner Colin and his trusty vacuum. When a number of explosions rock the outside of the shelter, the physically imposing Colin realises that a frail sickly man in a pin striped suit may not be the ideal candidate to lead them through the crisis. And so does Sam.

Things come to a head when an out of date Wagon Wheel – the only source of food, becomes a focal point in a deadly battle for supremacy.

Mon, 29 October, 2018 — Sat, 03 November, 2018

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Love and Death in Govan and Hyndland

Ivan is a writer with a deadline but he’s blocked. Ten years ago to the day his mother passed and a phone call from his brother has him reliving the last chaotic months of her life. He reviews his own journey from deepest Govan to the privileged nirvana of Glasgow’s west end.

Another great Play, Pie and a Pint to look out for, directed by Alison Peebles and starring Stephen Clyde.

More information can be found here.