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Season 2016/2017

  • Twelfth Night

    By William Shakespeare / Directed by Walter Paul

    26th to 29th October 2016

  • Sailmaker

    By Alan Spence / Directed by Paola De Rosa

    25th to 28th October 2016

    All Matinee Performances (2:00PM)

  • Quartermaine's Terms

    By Simon Gray / Directed By Mark Coleman

    25th to 28th January 2017

  • A Delicate Balance

    By Edward Albee / Directed by Iain McAleese

    26th to 29th April 2017

GIFFNOCKTHEATREPLAYERS is Glasgow’s leading south-side theatre company. Producing high quality drama since 1949.

History

 In 1948, three men – Tom Craston, Alan Mackill and Major Gray – had a dream to build a theatre in their local district. An Inaugural Meeting was called on 11th November 1948, where Tom Craston explained, to quote the minute:

    In view of the growth of Drama and the potential that a Company of Players be formed in the District, and that Giffnock should be chosen as the most central point. The final end in view is the erection of a building which would be a Community Centre with Theatre and Rooms

They started a dramatic club the following year, and in April 1949 constituted the Giffnock Theatre Players at an Extraordinary General Meeting. The vision was reported in the Evening Times, and boasted the “ultimate aim [of building] an adequate theatre providing a weekly or fortnightly reporty”. The first production was Grand National Night by Dorothy and Campbell Christie, directed by Alan Mackill. Read More
  • 09
    February 2017

    A Delicate Balance Actors

    A Delicate Balance is GTPs upcoming production. Edward Albee's play is set over a weekend at the Hampton home of retired couple Agnes and Tobias. Living with them is Agnes' sister Claire, who likes a drink or three and to irritate her sister. Their friends, Harry and Edna, appear unannounced running from from some unknown terror. Then their daughter Julia returns home from her fourth failed marriage. It's a heady mix and the characters are forced to deal with issues of friendship, family, loyalty and regret.

    This play followed Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' and won him the first of three Pulitzer prizes. Albee died in September 2016, aged 88, and so GTP proudly present A Delicate Balance as a tribute to his immense skill as a playwright.

    Our production of A Delicate Balance has a strong cast who are as follows:

    Agnes: Paola De Rosa

    Tobias: Mark Coleman 

    Claire: Glynis Poole

    Edna: June Stevenson

    Harry: Andy Williams

    Julia: Melanie Wishart  

    We are pleased to welcome a new Director, Iain McAleese, to GTP to direct A Delicate Balance. He is both an actor and dircetor and directs for Theatre Revolution and in the past has worked with Scottish Opera.

    A Delicate Balance will be performed at Eastwood Park Theatre from Wednesday 26 April to Saturady 29 April at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee performance at 2.30pm as well. You can get your tickets, which are only £15 (concession £13) by phoning Susan on 07518 201 756 or email at tickets-gtp@hotmail.co.uk or contact the thetare directly by phone on 0141 577 4956 or book online at www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk. We are offering our SPECIAL OFFER again of all tickets on Wednesday £10 and on Saturday 2 tickets for £20.

    We hope to see your family, your friends, your acquaintences, your neighbours but especially you at A Delicate Balance.

  • 30
    January

    Quartermaine's Terms

    Quartermaine's Terms was a great critical success. Unfortunately, try as we might we had difficulty attracting sizeable audience numbers. Nonetheless, for all those that attended we'd like to thank you for taking the chance to watch some great theatre. We think by and large you loved it as you can see from some of the reviews listed below.

    I''m not much of a reviewer, but I can honestly say this is the best production I have watched so far from this group of talented actors. Such a fantastic play too. 

    The actors play their roles with such passion and conviction that you instantly connect with each of them on a very personal level, except for one...whose story you never really hear, and this is what makes it so fascinating to me, I actually twigged on the way home that this particular character is almost an unknown to us. How do we feel about the outcome of the play when you never really "connect" with the individual, as a person. It's just brilliant.

    Watching the performance in the Eastwood Park Theatre makes this all the more enthralling as, being a small theatre, you can be closer to the stage and with that, you feel as if you are right in the staff room with the characters. It really helps hook you into their lives.

    There are some seriously laugh out loud moments, and there are some scenes that just leave you speechless. If you don't get a lump in your throat watching this play, I'd be surprised.

    Brilliant direction from Mark Coleman, and fantastic performances from the entire cast without fault.

    If you ever fancy taking a dip into watching GTP, I can't recommend it enough."

     

    “To the theatre tonight- and a lovely evening it was too… Lovely, subtle performances… which made the numerous comedic moments stand out all the more" 

     

    “Don't miss out on this gem... A wonderful piece of theatre.”

     

    “A great night out... Such a talented cast! Cannot fault a thing."

     

    “I really enjoyed the play.”

     

    "Definitely worth seeing this week!”

     

    Ciadhra McGuire, who played Anita, said "Have absolutely loved every part of being in this production- it is probably the most beautifully written thing I've ever been in- and I am continually humbled by my fellow cast members."

     

    Now that QT has come to close, we now start afresh on our next production, A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee, which runs form 26th to 29th April. Tickets are £15, £13 concession, with all tickets £10 on Wednesday (26th) and 2 tckets for £20 on Saturday ("9th), available from the Eastwood Park Theatre Box Office, online or on 07518 201 756 or phone our Susan on 0141 577 4956.