Borderline is delighted to present a Scottish tour of Sue Glover's 'The Straw Chair' in Spring 2015
- the first in 27 years! -
Directed by Liz Carruthers in a co-production with Hirtle Productions.
Borderline Theatre Company, in association with Hirtle Productions presents
The Straw Chair
Written by Sue Glover and Directed by Liz Carruthers.
In the early eighteenth century, it’s a stormy start to marriage for 17-year-old Isabel and her minister husband Aneas, arriving from Edinburgh onto the remote island of Hirta (St. Kilda).
Amongst the inhabitants lives Lady Grange, based on a true historical figure named Rachel Chiesley, who’s desperate to return to civilisation. Isabel is appalled yet fascinated by Rachel, who tells the young bride unfamiliar stories of betrayal and abduction. While Isabel uncovers alarming similarities, battling between youthful exhilaration and the danger of being too troublesome a wife, Lady Grange clings with tragic dignity to the two things she has left in the world – a consuming rage and an old straw chair.
A captivating play of profound power by the award-winning author of ‘Bondagers’ about liberty, lost love, marriage and female empowerment.
“A beguiling combination of things, starting with the incredible story of Lady Grange, banished by her husband to the remoteness of St Kilda. Hung around this framework is an evocation, as light and sharp as spindrift, of the strange life on the island.” - Scotland on Sunday
Tour now booked but some dates could be made available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone for details.
30 March An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis *post discussion
7.30pm; £10/£9 members (£8)
01851 708480 www.lanntair.com
01 April Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye
7.30pm; £12 (£10)
01471 844 207 www.seall.co.uk
03 April Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
7:30pm; £14 (£12/£8 under 18s)
01463 234 234 www.eden-court.co.uk
04 April Birnam Arts and Conference Centre, Birnam
8:00 pm; £14 (£12 conc. £5 under 16s)
01350 727674 www.birnamarts.com
07 April Ardross Community Hall, Ardross
8pm; £10 (£7)
01349 880591 ardrosscommunityhall.ticketsource.co.uk
08 April Astley Hall, Arisaig
7.30pm; £7 (£6)
01687 450263 www.spanglefish.com/astleyhall
10 April Mull Theatre, Druimfin, Tobermory
8pm; £10 (£6 U18s & members)
01688 302211 www.comar.co.uk
11 April The Tower Digital Arts Centre, Helensburgh
7.30pm; £9 (£7)
01436 820 369 www.helensburghboxoffice.com
14-18 April Tron Theatre, Glasgow *post show discussion
7.45pm; Tue-Thu £14 (£10), Fri-Sat £16 (£12)
0141 552 4267 www.tron.co.uk
21 April Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld
7.45pm; £12 (£8/£6)
01236 732887 www.cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk
22 April Carlops Village Hall, Penicuik
7.30pm; £10 (£6 under 16s)
07773 024 024 www.carlops.net
23-25 April Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh *post show discussion
7.30pm; £16 (£13/£8)
0131 228 1404 www.traverse.co.uk
28 April Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley
7.30pm; £10 (£6)
0300 300 1210 www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking
29 April Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
7.30pm; £13.50 (£12.50/£10 students)
01292 288 235 www.ayrgaiety.co.uk
30 April Adam Smith Theatre, Fife
7.30pm; £12 (£10/£5 students)
01592 583302 www.onfife.com
01 May Bowhill Theatre, Selkirk
8pm; £12 (£10 under 16s)
01750 22204 www.borderevents.com/boxoffice
02 May Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
7.30pm; £12 (£10/£7 under 18s)
0131 665 2240 www.thebrunton.co.uk
07 May Bernera Community Centre, Great Bernera
7.30pm; £8 (£5) (£20 Group of 4 in advance)
01851 612411 http://artsnaneilean.org
08 May Tarbert Community Centre, Tarbert, Isle of Harris
7.30pm; £8 (£5) (£20 Group of 4 in advance)
07584 578759 http://artsnaneilean.org
09 May Carinish Village Hall, North Uist
7.30pm; £8 / £5 (£20 Group of 4 in advance)
01851 700475 http://artsnaneilean.org
*Post show discussions
30 Mar – An Lanntair, Stornoway
16 Apr – Tron Theatre, Glasgow
23 Apr – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
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