Andy Arnold, formerly Artistic Director and Founder of The Arches in Glasgow, has been Artistic Director of Tron Theatre since 2008.
Andy’s first production for Tron was The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey and since then he has staged a number of British premieres of contemporary classics as well as new plays. Highlights include a new adaptation of Three Sisters by John Byrne, Edwin Morgan’s Dreams and Other Nightmares by Liz Lochhead, Valhalla by Paul Rudnick, Bliss by Caryl Churchill, Mud by Maria Irene Fornes, Sea And Land And Sky by Abigail Docherty and the world premiere stage production of James Joyce’s Ulysses adapted by Dermot Bolger which has toured both nationally and internationally. .
Recent guest directors with Tron Theatre Company have included David Harrower with his own new play, A Slow Air, which toured to London and New York, Morag Fullarton directing her play Casablanca – The Gin Joint Cut, David Greig directing This Wide Night by Chloe Moss, and Rough Magic Theatre Company’s Lynne Parker directing Beowulf by Seamus Heaney.
Tron Theatre is also famous for its highly irreverent pantomimes, most recently 2015/16’s Sleeping Betty by David Ireland; Miracle On 34 Parnie Street, Peter Panto And The Incredible Stinkerbell, and Aganeza Scrooge, – all three penned by Johnny McKnight; Mister Merlin, Flo White, Mother Bruce, Eeting Beauty and Wullie Whittington. A new script is commissioned each year for these shows, which have acquired something of a cult following. In the Changing House we stage an annual Christmas show for the very young which are equally popular and have in recent years been written and directed by Lisa Keenan, who also heads up Tron’s Participation and Education Department.
The hugely busy Participation and Education team also present a comprehensive programme of education and theatre projects, workshops, and productions for adults and children of all ages to get involved in, both at Tron and out in the community. This work runs alongside the professional programme and integrates with it wherever possible.
Apart from its own produced work, Tron is an established receiving theatre on the small-middle scale, as well as a major venue for many of Glasgow's festivals including Celtic Connections, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the Merchant City Festival and Glasgay!