What's on at the Tron this autumn season

Theatre Preview: What's coming to the Tron this autumn season

Expect witchcraft, an adoring homage to Dolly Parton and an elegiac trilogy of works from storyteller Pat Kinevane

With the long gloomy nights of autumn fast approaching, it would be tempting to hunker down and hide indoors. But the Tron's new season hopes to entice even the most jaded into its cosy space, with a raft of bewitching plays which exist in shadowy places.

Pat Kinevane's characters are often marginalised, their stories untold. A superb storyteller, the Fishamble writer and performer presents a trilogy of his elegiac, powerful work. Forgotten (Thu 20 Sep) takes place in a care home, Silent (Fri 21 Sep) traces a homeless man's steps, and Underneath (Sat 22 Sep) focuses on a disfigured woman. Kinevane's graceful movement, choreography and gorgeous words are a heady combination.

Sh!t Theatre's genre splicing DollyWould (Thu 25–Sat 27 Oct) is a provocative exploration of two women's love of country goddess Dolly Parton, which is a hilarious mash-up of storytelling, song and live art looking at the legacy of the mighty singer-songwriter. It often goes to some pretty murky places along the way. Eccentric, rather beautiful, and often extremely surreal too.

Enda Walsh is one of Ireland's foremost playwrights, his recent successful collaboration with the late, great David Bowie on Lazarus garnering praise both critically and with audiences. Now Andy Arnold directs Ballyturk (Thu 4–Sat 20 Oct), a lyrical, contemplative script about impermanence and small town life. Something is lurking outside a village where two men long to escape in this emotion-packed production.

Janet Horne, Rona Munro's lead character in The Last Witch (Tue 30 Oct–Sat 3 Nov), has been accused of witchcraft in the Highland town of Dornoch. Based on a true story, Munro's revival of her 2009 play looks at the supernatural, creating her own storytelling alchemy, and asking wider questions about women's roles in society, now and then. Her poetic and eerie production will be perfect for cold, clear and starry nights.

For full autumn programme, see tron.co.uk


A world is out there, imagined within the four walls of a room inhabited by two men. Will they ever escape to see it in reality? 'How can I talk about Ballyturk knowing that it's only ever inside and nowhere else?' Ballyturk is Enda Walsh's moving meditation on the brevity of our existence - a mundane village with echoes…


Oh look, 2016 Fringe First winners SH!T THEATRE again. What is it this time? Oh, is it unemployment? Is there a crisis? Did the government do something wrong again? No, it's a show about Dolly Parton. We f*cking love her. Following the award-winning sell-out hit Letters to Windsor House - which was named one of Time Out…


Forgotten written by Pat Kinevane. A unique collage of Kabuki dance and Irish storytelling, Forgotten has been a huge international success for Fishamble during the past decade. It is a captivating portrayal of four elderly characters living in retirement homes around Ireland. Pat Kinevane’s haunting performance brings to…


Silent written by Pat Kinevane. ‘Hopeless, helpless, in-the-way person’, Homeless McGoldrig has lost it all – including his mind. Dare to laugh at despair and gasp at redemption in this brave, bleak, beautiful roduction for which Fishamble and Pat Kinevane won an Olivier Award in 2016. Note: Contains adult themes and…

The Last Witch

"Plenty women are withered to dust at my age. Dead in damp graves. But I'm as full of juice as an autumn bramble." A rich, poetic tale full of ambiguity and suspense, The Last Witch reimagines the true story of the alleged Witch of Dornoch. Could Janet Horne really cure beasts, summon the wind and charm fish out of the…


Underneath Written by Pat Kinevane Sticks and stones didn’t break Her bones, but words and pointing crushed Her. Is Beauty really only skin deep? Does Ugliness hide somewhere deeper? This stunning play, winner of the Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award in 2016 and The Scotsman Fringe First Award in 2015, is a blackly…