NOT EVERYTHING IS BLACK AND WHITE...
Mayfesto is the Tron’s mini-festival of edgy and provocative new work – now very firmly fixed in our annual calendar. This year, the festival will present new drama exploring the brutal complexities of family life – situations where not everything is black and white.
Our own offering, the absurdist Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths by Martin McCormick, will be presented in association with National Theatre of Scotland. Meet the reclusive Ma and Pa (played by Karen Dunbar and Gerry Mulgrew) who spend their time exchanging extraordinary and fantastical stories in their high-rise flat as they tend to their ‘little mouths’. As part of the same NTS new writing initiative, the Traverse Theatre will present Frances Poet’s taut, psychological thriller exploring who we can trust with our children, Gut, directed by award-winning Traverse Associate Director Zinnie Harris.
We’re delighted once again to be hosting events as part of Take Me Somewhere – this year we have David Hoyle’s biographical Diamond – an avant-garde, angry and hilarious journey into LGBT liberation from 1957 to present day, with musical interludes from London drag four-piece The Lipsinkers; and work-in-progress performances of Cora Bissett’s What Girls Are Made Of – about her rollercoaster journey from small-town Fife to rock-star life with a hot new indie band.
I was invited to be part of the judging panel for the inaugural Mental Health Fringe Award presented at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, and am delighted to be able to programme the production that won the award: Mental which is the moving and personal story about Kane Power’s relationship with his mother and her mental health. We’re also proud to be able to support Fire Exit’s Pyromania bursary programme, with two rehearsed readings End Of. by Maryam Hamidi and The Warhol Assassin by Amy Conway; Curious Seed’s exploration of the interplay between music, dance and the origin of stories, Moving Monologues; and to present a reading of the Mayfesto Award-winning play Brink by Sarah Farrell.
And what better way to round out the Festival but with a Song Party from our house band, the Tron Community Choir, with rousing renditions of classic tracks from Cher, The Stone Roses and Camera Obscura and a healthy dose of CHOIR-EE-OKE thrown in.
A great line-up - come and enjoy as much as you can. We look forward to seeing you down here.