Mayfesto: Something Old, Something New
Inspired by the long-gone Glasgow theatre of the same age, the Tron’s Mayfesto season is hoping to capture some of its namesake’s former glory. The brainchild of artistic director, Andy Arnold, it plans to celebrate often politically-charged new plays and unseen work. With its focus on human interest stories, highlights of the May programme include Tron Theatre Company’s UK premiere of George Packer’s Betrayed, based on interviews the US journalist conducted with young Iraqis in Baghdad, and Katharine Kressmann Taylor’s controversial Address Unknown which takes fascism as its subject matter.
Elsewhere on the line-up are short play series From the West Bank which explores the political struggles in the Middle East, world premieres of David Greig’s Ramallah and An Imagined Sarha, and An Arab Woman Speaks by Franca Rame.
Visiting companies will also play an integral role, with works including a new play Room by Abigail Docherty. An interactive element comes courtesy of Drumhead by Rhymes with Purple, which is based on real case studies of suspected terrorist or criminal interrogation and sees the audience transported to an off-site location as the piece unfolds.
Arnold said of the festival’s ethos: ‘Glasgow has all types of arts festivals – especially music and visual art – but no celebration of theatre in a city with such a great theatre tradition. We present plays at the Tron just about every week of the year but in May we are making it even more special and focusing on drama born out of events.’
Mayfesto will run at various venues, Glasgow, Fri 7–Sat 22 May