theatre preview: cITIZENS THEATRE SPRING SEASON

David Hayman
David Hayman

This year sees Glasgow’s iconic Citizens Theatre celebrate 70 years in its historic Gorbals home with an exciting mix of the old and the new.

The anniversary season gets off to a youthful start with Filter Theatre Company’s irreverent take on Macbeth (January 20-31).

Next up will be a new production of John Byrne’s masterpiece The Slab Boys, running from February 12-March 7.

The depiction of working-class youth culture in post-war Scotland, focusing on a pair of factory workers, will be directed and star Scottish acting royalty David Hayman.

One of the highlights of last year’s programme was Headlong Theatre’s remarkable reimagining of 1984, and the company are back again this year with The Absence of War (March 31-April 4).

David Hare’s political drama will be essential viewing just weeks before the UK General Election.

April (8-11) will see another visiting company arrive at the theatre when Irish award-winners Dead Centre bring ‘Lippy’ to a Glasgow audience.

The challenging and powerful piece of interpretative theatre - which was a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe - tells the story of four female family members who died as part of an apparent starvation pact in County Kildare in 2001.

Equally ambitious could be ‘Fever Dream: Southside’ (April 23-May 9), which blurs fantasy and reality in a tale of a disparate group of characters in Glasgow’s Southside.

Directed by the Citizens’ artistic director Dominic Hill, it’s written by Douglas Maxwell, who previously found success with ‘Decky Does a Bronco’.

Up-and-coming director Gareth Nicholls then makes his debut with Into That Darkness (May 18-29) looking at the uncomfortable subect of Nazi war crimes from the viewpoint of Franz Stagl, who was convicted in 1970 of the deaths of nearly 1 million people in extermination camps.

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