Tron Stripped: Bliss + Mud

Tron Stripped: Bliss + Mud

Just a year into his tenure as artistic director, Andy Arnold is already transforming the Tron into one of Scotland’s most innovative producing theatres. His latest outing, Tron Stripped, offers up a double bill of North American plays: Bliss, by Quebeçois writer Olivier Choiniere (translated into English by Caryl Churchill), and Mud, by Cuban-American playwright Maria Irene Fornes. While there are stark stylistic differences between the two, Arnold believes the two plays complement each other ideally.

‘Bliss is almost a fantasy piece about fame and the absolute obsession people have with celebrities,’ he says. ‘It becomes quite a grotesque, nightmarish piece but it’s very funny and fast-moving. Mud, on the other hand, is rooted in white trash America, in a room in the middle of nowhere, and becomes almost like a Greek tragedy.’

According to Arnold, Tron Stripped is part of a company-wide ethos to produce original content that is ‘stripped back’ – Bliss and Mud both use the same cast – and it could become a yearly fixture. Despite his own admission that this is credit-crunch-style theatre, Arnold describes the double bill as ‘the most off-the-wall piece we’ve done yet’. And it seems his ability to take such risks is in no small part due to his audience.

‘The Tron has a great audience base,’ he says, ‘and I think they’re willing to try new things – they’ve given me the confidence to push the envelope a bit more.’

Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 29 Apr–Sat 9 May

Bliss + Mud

The first in the Tron's new series of pared-down stagings, Tron Stripped, is a double bill of one-act plays, both performed by the same cast and directed by Andy Arnold. Olivier Choinière's 'Bliss', translated from Quebecois French by Caryl Churchill, is a disturbing meditation on contemporary culture's obsession with…

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