Media Release: National Theatre of Scotland tours two acclaimed plays, Yellow Moon and Monster in the Hall throughout UK

Photo by Tim Morozzo

National Theatre of Scotland presents the Citizens Theatre productions of

The Monster in the Hall by David Greig, directed by Guy Hollands

Music and Sound Design by Nigel Dunn and Stephen Wright, Choreography by Andrew Panton

And Yellow Moon by David Greig, directed by Guy Hollands

Music by Nigel Dunn

Opening at the Citizens Theatre on the 6th September 2012 and then touring UK until 17th November

Press performances on 8th September at 7pm (Yellow Moon) and 8.45pm (The Monster in the Hall) at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Supported by Bank of Scotland Pioneering Partnership

Cast: David Carlyle, Keith Macpherson, Beth Marshall, (The Monster in the Hall and Yellow Moon), Keshini Misha (Yellow Moon) and Gemma McElhinney (The Monster in the Hall)

THE National Theatre of Scotland is re-staging the Citizens Theatre’s critically acclaimed productions, The Monster in the Hall and Yellow Moon by David Greig for autumn 2012 with a UK-wide tour of both plays, performed by an ensemble cast.

The hit shows, are touring to theatres, arts centres, community venues and school halls and will be visiting Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, Crieff, Kinross, Aberdeen, Fife, Cardiff, Pontardawe, Bath, Oxford, Kilmarnock, Rutherglen, Renfrew, Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis with a double bill of opening performances on Saturday 8the September at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

This is the first time that the productions will have toured together.

Yellow Moon is a modern day Bonnie and Clyde tale about two teenagers on the run. They never meant to get mixed up in murder… but now they need a place to hide.

The Monster in the Hall is a wildly imaginative musical comedy about a teenage girl trying to protect her world from the terrifying prospect of change. Both productions are performed in the round, with minimal props and no sets with the stripped-back production style creating an up close intimacy with the audience.

Both of David Greig’s plays tap in to the heart- breaking emotional highs and lows of the lives of young people.

The original ensemble cast for The Monster in the Hall are reunited for this tour. Keith Macpherson, David Carlyle and Beth Marshall are also in Yellow Moon and are joined by newcomer Keshini Misha.

Yellow Moon and The Monster in the Hall were created for, and resonate with, an older teenage audience. The tour includes daytime performances in schools for secondary pupils and is accompanied by a special workshop programme for young people, supported by Bank of Scotland Pioneering Partnership.

Some of the evening performances take place in school halls enabling young people to attend a performance within their local community with their friends and family.

The productions are touring as part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s tfd programme; which presents productions and events throughout the UK, designed to bring young audiences to theatre.

In The Monster in the Hall, teenage girl Duck Macatarsney cares for her biker dad whose MS is getting increasingly worse. Her Dad – Duke – is a spliff-smoking, bike-riding, heavy metal and horror movie loving, pizza eating widower who’s brought up Duck since the death of her mother.

The two of them are just about surviving when one morning the Duke wakes up blind and the Duck hears that Social Services are coming to take her away.

The Monster in the Hall follows Duck as she tries to protect her world from the terrifying prospect of change. The Monster in the Hall won The Stage Award for Best Ensemble in 2011.

Yellow Moon is a modern Bonnie and Clyde tale of the fortunes of two teenagers on the run. Silent Leila is an introverted girl who has a passion for celebrity magazines.

Stag Lee Macalinden is the deadest of dead end kids in a dead end town. They never meant to get mixed up in a murder. The play follows Leila and Lee on a roller-coaster quest to find out who they really are.

Yellow Moon won the TMA Award for the Best Show for Young People in 2007.

Both productions were developed and are directed by Guy Hollands for the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, where they premiered before touring schools and venues.

Both shows had successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are acclaimed in the UK and internationally, having previously toured to the USA, the Netherlands and Germany.

David Greig was born in Edinburgh and is a highly-respected playwright and theatre director. David’s work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (currently touring internationally), the forthcoming musical, Glasgow Girls, Dunsinane (RSC), Peter Pan (National Theatre of Scotland) and The Bacchae (Edinburgh International Festival).

Other recent theatre productions include Midsummer (Traverse Theatre and Soho Theatre), Creditors (Donmar Warehouse and BAM), The American Pilot (RSC, Soho and MTC) and Tintin in Tibet (Barbican and The Playhouse). He is currently working on a new Broadway production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Guy Hollands’ theatre credits include The Crucible (TAG/National Theatre of Scotland ), Meep and Moop, Museum of Dreams, Liar, Yellow Moon, Ice Cream Dreams, The Visit, A Taste of Honey, Knives in Hens, The Birthday Party and The Monster in the Hall (TAG), Othello, Hamlet, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Waiting for Godot, Nightingale and Chase, The Fever, Nightschool, The Caretaker and Hansel & Gretel  (Citizens Theatre), Woyzeck (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh/KtC), Pinocchio (Visible Fictions), Earball (Tosg) and Factory Girls (7:84).

The support of this small scale tour is one element of the National Theatre of Scotland and Bank of Scotland’s Pioneering Partnership – a sponsorship connecting Bank of Scotland and the National Theatre of Scotland in a relationship across a wide range of National Theatre of Scotland programme elements over two years.

The partnership offers geographic spread and reach across productions, initiatives, workshops and events particularly in the area of supporting creativity and emerging talent.

In Year 2(2012) the elements of Bank of Scotland Pioneering Partnership include support of Appointment with the Wicker Man by Greg Hemphill and Donald McLeary; The Guid Sisters by Michel Tremblay in Scots translation by Bill Findlay and Martin Bowman – a co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, and the Emerge Programme supporting flourishing artists and directors.

Cast biographies

David Carlyle is a recent graduate of Rose Bruford College. David recently appeared in Caledonia (NTS) and his theatre credits whilst training includes Ringing in Your Ears (Rose  Bruford / Royal Court Young Writers), The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Philistines, The White Devil, Celebration, Party Time and Hedda Gabler.

David represented Rose Bruford in the 2010 Sam Wannamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, playing Flomenio in The White Devil.

Keith Macpherson’s  theatre credits include Clutter keeps Company (Birds of Paradise), 4:48 Psychosis (SweetScar/Tramway/ Cumbernauld), The Wizard of Oz, Waiting for Godot, Peter Pan, Desire Under the Elms (Citizens Theatre), Yellow Moon (TAG), Faust (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Factory Girls (7:84), The Lost Child (Minerva Theatre), Invisible Man (Vanishing Point), Brave (Communicado), Decky Does a Bronco (Grid Iron/ Almeida), Timeless (Suspect Culture), Macbeth (Chester Gateway), Cigarettes and Chocolate (KtC).

Beth Marshall has worked extensively in repertory theatre including a year with Dundee Rep Ensemble, four seasons with Mull Theatre and five seasons with Bard in the Botanics. Other credits include Six Black Candles (Goldfish Theatre), A Christmas Carol (NTS), Peter Pan (Citizens Theatre), Tam O’Shanter (Perth Theatre), Brave (Communicado/ Sounds of Progress), The Night Before Christmas (Belgrade Theatre), The Bondagers (Byre Theatre), Fergus Lamont (Communicado/Perth Theatre) and Yellow Moon (TAG).

Gemma McElhinney trained at Queen Margaret University. Her theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast, Don’t Start Me! (Citizens Theatre), 10,000 Meters Deep (Oran Mor), Peer Gynt (Dundee Rep  / NTS), Qeulques Fleurs, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Beauty and the Beast, Mother Courage (Dundee Rep), Bye Bye Birdie (Brunton Theatre), Trojan Women, Medea, Time and the Conways and The Tempest (Queen Margaret University). Film credits include Meta (Matt Cameron).

Keshini Misha’s theatre work includes Small Fish Big Cheese for Tamasha Theatre Company, Sleeping Beauty for Cheltenham Everyman Theatre, Other People’s Music at Battersea Arts Centre and Moll Flanders at the New Players Theatre

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Yellow Moon and The Monster in the Hall are recommended for age 14 plus. Each production has a running time of 1 hour 15 minutes.

Citizens Theatre, Circle Studio, Thursday 6 – Saturday 22 September 2012

Yellow Moon: Thursday 6 (preview), Wednesday 12, Friday 14, Tuesday 18 & Thursday 20, 7.30pm
The Monster in the Hall: Fri 7 (preview), Thursday 13, Wednesday 19 & Friday 21, 7.30pm

Double bill: Saturday 8, 15 & 22 Sept Yellow Moon, 7pm | The Monster in the Hall, 8.45pm

Press performances: Saturday 8 Sept, 7pm start (double bill)

Tickets: Previews: £8, £12.50 full price (concessions available)

2 for £20 – buy tickets to both shows and save £5

Box Office: 0141 429 0022 www.citz.co.uk

Barrhead High School, East Renfrewshire, Monday 10 September

Yellow Moon, 1pm; The Monster in the Hall, 7.30pm

Williamwood High School, East Renfrewshire, Tuesday 11 September

Yellow Moon, 1pm; The Monster in the Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets: £10/£8 from Eastwood Park Theatre

Box Office: 0141 577 4970             www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice

Crieff High School, Tuesday 25September

The Monster in the Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets available from Strathearn Community Campus: 01764 657 700

Kinross High School, Wednesday 26 September

Yellow Moon, 7.30pm

Tickets available from Kinross High School: 01577 867100/ kinrosshigh@pkc.gov.uk

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Friday 28 September

Yellow Moon & The Monster in the Hall (double bill), 7pm

Tickets: £12/£7.50

Box Office: 01224 641122              www.boxofficeaberdeen.com

National Theatre of Scotland and OnFife, Monday 1 – Saturday 6 October

A week of performances and workshops at venues in Fife. Details to be announced in late August.

Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 October

The Monster in the Hall: Tuesday 9, 7.30pm; Thursday 11, 1.30pm & 7.30pm; Saturday 13, 7.30pm

Yellow Moon: Wednesday 10, 1.30pm & 7.30pm; Friday 12, 7.30pm

Tickets: £14/£12 Under 25’s Half Price

Box Office: 029 2064 6900             www.shermancymru.co.uk

Pontardawe Arts Centre, Tuesday 16 October

The Monster in the Hall, 1pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: £9/£7/£5 (student)

Box Office: 01792 863722              www.pontardaweartscentre.com

The Egg, Bath, Wednesday 17 – Thursday 18 October

The Monster in the Hall, Wednesday 17, 1.30pm & 7pm; Thursday 18, 5pm

Tickets: £7.50/£6.50 students and children

Box Office: 01225 448844              www.theatreroyal.org.uk

The North Wall Arts Centre. Oxford, Friday 19 October

Yellow Moon, 7pm; The Monster in the Hall, 8.45pm

Tickets: £10/£8 per show, £15/£12 for double bill

Box Office: 01865 319450              www.thenorthwall.com              

The Grand Hall, Palace Theatre Complex, Kilmarnock, Wednesday 7 November

The Monster in the Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets: £8.50/£5

Box Office: 01563 554900              www.enjoyeastayrshire.com

Rutherglen Town Hall, Friday 9 November

The Monster in the Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets: £5

Box Office: 0141 613 5700             www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk

Renfrew Town Hall, Saturday 10 November

The Monster in the Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets: £10/£6

Box Office: 0141 887 1010             www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

Leverburgh Village Hall, Isle of Harris, Thursday 15 November

The Monster in the Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets available from: 01859 520267 /margaretmacdonald2@yahoo.co.uk/www.wegottickets.com

Ionad Na Seann Sgoil, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis, Saturday 17 November

The Monster in the Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets available from: www.wegottickets.com


1. The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.  Since its launch in February 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating 181 productions in 156 different locations. With no building of its own, the company takes theatre all over Scotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests. The company has performed to over 770,000 people, across three continents.

2. Bank of Scotland is a long-standing supporter of sports and the arts in Scotland. Through their sponsorships they aim to support emerging talent across Scotland.  Bank of Scotland currently has partnerships with a wide range of Scottish sporting and cultural bodies including Imaginate, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Scottish Football Association and the Great Scottish Run. As part of the Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Scotland is a Proud Partner for Scotland for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Their mission is to inspire and support young people, colleagues, communities and businesses across Scotland all the way to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond, through cultural and sporting activities.

3. The Citizens Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, Scotland, led by artistic director, Dominic Hill. The Citizens Company was founded in 1943 by Scottish playwright James Bridie and the Citizens Theatre was permanently established in 1945. Since then it has been one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres presenting a world-class repertoire based on British and foreign classics, contemporary plays and new writing. The Theatre’s rich variety of projects and productions offers an unrivalled range of work in Scotland. As the name suggests, the theatre believes its work can enhance the lives of citizens of all ages, cultures and social backgrounds and the continued ambition is to provide unique cultural experiences that bring lasting benefit to everyone involved.

4. First piloted in Glasgow in 2010, the National Theatre of Scotland’s tfd won a Culture Sparks Audience Development Award for ‘Idea of the Year’. tfd is a package of events programmed to run alongside selected National Theatre of Scotland productions, specifically designed to bring a young audience to theatre.  The five tfd productions in 2012 are Mr Write by Rob Drummond, Count Me In by Gary McNair, Love Letters to the Public Transport System by Molly Taylor, The Monster in the Hall and Yellow Moon both by David Greig.

5.  We would like to make a request for your support: Corporate sponsorship of the National Theatre of Scotland is crucial to its future. As arts supporters yourselves we hope you will help us in maintaining this important portion of our income and healthy relationships with sponsors by mentioning them in your coverage. This makes a real difference to the National Theatre of Scotland. Mentions are counted and used as an evaluation of projects. Please credit our sponsors.

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