Cast of John Byrne play in visit to Paisley Town Hall
The star-studded team behind the Citizens Theatre’s production of John Byrne’s Cuttin’ A Rug went on a fact-finding mission to Paisley Town Hall, where the play is set.
The visit comes as momentum gathers on Paisley’s bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2021.
Cuttin’ A Rug is the second instalment of Paisley-born John Byrne’s The Slab Boys trilogy. First performed in 1978, the trilogy draws on Byrne’s experiences living as a teenager in Ferguslie Park in the 1950s and his first job in Stoddard’s Carpet Factory in Elderslie.
Today, Byrne is regarded as one of Scotland’s greatest cultural figures for his playwriting and painting, and his play is studied by school pupils across Scotland.
Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: "It's wonderful the Citizens Theatre is staging a production of part of the acclaimed The Slab Boys trilogy, written by one of Paisley's greatest cultural figures, and set in the iconic Paisley Town Hall.
"This production of Cuttin' a Rug showcases a great cast and a wonderfully talented female director in Caroline Paterson and I've already booked my tickets to go along!
"For audiences at such important venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh to see a show which has Paisley at its heart is great for the town as momentum builds on our UK City of Culture 2021 bid."
The Citizens Theatre presented the first instalment of the trilogy to sell-out crowds at the Citizens and toured to the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh in 2015.
This new production features well-known faces from much-loved Scottish comedies including Barbara Rafferty (Rab C Nesbitt), Scott Fletcher (River City, Gary: Tank Commander), Ryan Fletcher (River City), Louise McCarthy (Scot Squad, Only an Excuse?) and Paul-James Corrigan (Gary: Tank Commander).
The play is directed by Caroline Paterson, most well-known for her role as Ruth Fowler on EastEnders.
Speaking about her visit, Caroline said: “I'm very excited about the company being in Paisley as John had originally set the play was in the Town Hall.
"I really want this production to be a celebration of Paisley and also John's work. I'm overjoyed about the bid as I think Paisley’s history and people make it a special place.”
Cuttin’ A Rug plays at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow from 8 February to 4 March and tours to King’s Theatre Edinburgh from 7 to 10 March.
More information about the production and tickets are available from the Citizens Theatre.