10th March 2021


Amidst all the positive news about our ongoing digital programmes of activity, we and our co-producing partners at Renfrewshire Leisure have had to take the difficult decision to once again reschedule all performances of John Byrne’s Underwood Lane to 2022.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly, however, with restrictions still in place and uncertainty around when we might see the return of live theatre, it is our only option. The scale and nature of the production would be severely compromised by social distancing restrictions that will almost certainly still be in place this summer.  We want to ensure that the company and our audiences have the best possible Underwood Lane experience, free from any artistic constraints or the requirement to socially distance in our auditoria.

Paisley performances will now take place from Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th July 2022 at Johnstone Town Hall. Tron Theatre performances will run from Thursday 14th July – Saturday 30th July 2022.

Our Box Office team will be working to contact all customers who hold tickets for Tron Theatre dates with a view to transferring these over to 2022. Please do bear with us as we undertake this work, as it may take the team more time to process transfers, exchanges or refunds/credits than usual. The Renfrewshire Leisure Box Office team will be undertaking similar work to contact all customers who have purchased tickets for the Paisley Arts Centre dates. If we can ask you not to contact either Box Office team unless your query is urgent, this will help them enormously.

Once again, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we make difficult decisions in this uncertain climate. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to our venues in the future and are confident that our exuberant production of Underwood Lane will be well worth the wait.

Sam Gough, Executive Director & Joint Chief Executive


Artist and playwright John Byrne set the musical play in Paisley telling the story of a young skiffle band trying to make the big time. He wrote Underwood Lane in memory of his close friend and fellow Buddie, singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty who died ten years ago. Byrne is one of Scotland’s most talented artists and writers and is best known for his paintings, theatrical masterpieces like The Slab Boys Trilogy and the hit TV shows, Tutti Frutti and Your Cheatin’ Heart.

Written by John Byrne
Directed by Andy Arnold
Set & Costume Design by Becky Minto & John Byrne
Musical Direction & Arrangements: 
Hilary Brooks


Renfrewshire Leisure provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation, sport, cultural, social or other leisure time occupation as are beneficial to the community, for the general public in, or in connection with the Renfrewshire area and its neighbourhood in furthering the interests of social welfare.

Underwood Lane is a co-production between Tron Theatre Company and Renfrewshire Leisure with support from Renfrewshire Council’s Future Paisley programme. Future Paisley is the radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural stories to transform its future.


Illustration by John Byrne showing a man dressed in 1950s style clothing and with teddy boy hairstyle, playing the guitar.