Media Release: The Guid Sisters at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and Kings’ Theatre, Glasgow this autumn

Guid Sisters

THE Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and the National Theatre of Scotland present

from the original French Québécois Les Belles-Soeurs

by Michel Tremblay

translated by Bill Findlay and Martin Bowman

A co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and the National Theatre of Scotland

Supported by Bank of Scotland Pioneering Partnership

Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh 21 September – 13 October 2012


Kings’ Theatre, Glasgow: 23 – 27 October 2012

A big win and a night in, when the girls get together nothing’s left to chance!

GERMAINE Lauzon wins a million Green Shield stamps. Germaine is in for a windfall but the only way she can collect the money is to stick each stamp into a book. Calling upon her family, friends and neighbours to help, the play listens in as this formidable group of women talk about life, the world and the men in their lives.

This ‘rich, raucous and gritty’ Scots version by Bill Findlay and Martin Bowman of Québécois writer, Michel Tremblay’s play Les Belles -Soeurs was premiered at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in 1989.

Findlay went on to trans-create eight Tremblay plays, with co-translator, Martin Bowman.

This successful partnership has made Tremblay one of the most-performed international playwrights in Scotland.

The Guid Sisters is not only regarded as a classic contemporary Scot’s play but it is also a timely theatrical portrayal of women grappling with economic survival.

Following recent successes with 27 and Dunsinane, two major Scottish producing companies join forces to present The Guid Sisters, directed by Serge Denoncourt who is one of Canada’s leading directors with over 80 productions to his credit, including his work with Cirque du Soleil.

The Guid Sisters is Serge Denoncourt’s favourite play and Serge is Michel Tremblay’s director of choice.

Serge Denoncourt says: “For me, it was the first play I have ever read, when I was nine years-old.

“One year later, I knew the play by heart and was doing a one man show ‘Guid Sisters’ in the street for my friends and neighbours.

“Twenty years later, I directed the play for the first time and subsequently many, many times.

“It became a fetish play, a lucky charm for me. Forty years later, Mark Thomson offered me the chance to direct a production of ‘Guid Sisters’ in Scotland.”

The production features a stellar cast of female Scottish acting talent including Kathryn Howden and Karen Dunbar.

This will be Karen’s first appearance with both the Lyceum Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Kathryn and Karen are joined by Romana Abercromby, Sally Armstrong,  Jo Cameron Brown, Maureen Carr, Hannah Donaldson, Lisa Gardner, Molly Innes, Jayne McCarry, Sally Reid, Anne Louise Ross, Gayle Runciman, Marianne Tees and Gail Watson.

The full creative team is director Serge Denoncourt, set designer Francis O’Connor, costume designer Megan Baker, lighting designer Charles Balfour, composer Philip Pinsky and assistant director Amanda Gaughan. 


Performances: 21 September – 13 October 2012

Previews : 21, 22 and 24 September All tickets £7.50

Evenings: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm

Matinees: 26, 29 Sept and 3, 6, 10 and 13 October at 2.30pm

Booking:  0131 248 4848/


TICKETS: £14.50-£29


Theatre Class: Wednesday 26 September at 10.30am

Post-show Discussion with members of the cast : Tuesday 2 October, after performance

Matinee Discussion Group:  Wednesday 3 October, after matinee

Touch Tours for the visually impaired:  Thursday 4 October at 6.15pm and Saturday 6 October at 1pm

Audio-described Performances: Thursday 4 October at 7.45pm and Saturday 6 October at 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance: Friday 12 October at 7.45pm

Captioned Performance:   Saturday 13 October at 2.30pm


King’s Theatre, Glasgow: Tuesday 23 – Sat 27 October at 7.30pm and Sat matinee 2.30pm

Tickets:  £10 – £25 (with premiums at £29.50)

Booking: 0844 871 7627

Creative biogs

Serge Denoncourt has more than 80 theatre productions to his credit. Co-founder of Montreal’s Théâtre de l’Opsis in 1984, he has explored the great classics and the modern repertoire. He was the artistic director of Théâtre du Trident in Quebec City from 1994 to 1997. Serge also stages operas and delves into the world of variety shows.

Amongst his latest creations are Ana (Stellar Quines/Imago Theatre) which played both in Montreal and at The Traverse, Edinburgh in 2011 and 2012 respectively, the Serbian Roma show GRUBB, CRISS ANGEL’s Believe for the Cirque du Soleil, Beau Dommage’s musical Le blues de la métropole, Michel Tremblay’s Thérèse et Pierrette à l’école des Saints-Anges and Fragments de mensonges inutiles, and Le Projet Andromaque at l’Espace GO. Serge is Michel Tremblay’s director of choice and has directed numerous of his fellow countryman’s plays.

Cast Biogs:

Kathryn Howden  has appeared in numerous productions at the Lyceum Theatre including Educating Agnes, A View From The Bridge, Every One, Trumpets and Raspberries, All My Sons, Six Black Candles, The Breathing House, and Victory.

Most recently, she was seen in the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow’s King Lear, Kath was also in Be Near Me a National Theatre of Scotland and Donmar co-production.

Her other theatre work includes That Face, Shining Souls and A Slow Air (Tron), The Last Witch (Traverse/EIF) for which she was awarded the Herald Angel Award, Any Given Day, The Ballad of Crazy Paola, Bondagers and The Hope Slide (Traverse) and The Government Inspector (Almedia).

One of Scotland’s best-loved comedy actresses Karen Dunbar is a mainstay of the King’s Glasgow panto and her other theatre work includes Men Should Weep (National Theatre), A Drunk Woman Looks at the Thistle and The Vagina Monologues. Karen is best known for her television work not only from being a regular on Chewin’ the Fat but also through four series of her own TV show The Karen Dunbar Show.

Lyceum Theatre newcomer, Jane McCarry, is probably known best for her TV character of Isa in Still Game (BBC/Comedy Unit). Her stage work includes the 25th anniversary tour of The Steamie (Tony Roper), The Corstophine Road Nativity (Festival Theatre), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Rapture) Rumpelstiltskin (Òran Mór) and King’s Glasgow pantos Cinderella and Aladdin.

Her other TV work includes Me Too!, Rab C Nesbitt and Freshly Squeezed (BBC /Comedy Unit) and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson as well as a radio stint on The Fred Macaulay Show.

Sally Reid has most recently appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Appointment With The Wicker Man at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her other theatre work includes Mikey and Addie (Macrobert) Mister Merlin, Valhalla and Snow White (Tron) Smalltown (Random Accomplice) and The Wall, The Ducky and The Chooky Brae (Borderline). She has also worked with the National Theatre of Scotland in The Miracle Man.

Jo Cameron Brown has appeared in numerous theatrical , television and film roles and is also known for her voice work on films such as Hallam Foe, The Wicker Tree and Elizabeth: the Golden Age and as a dialect coach for TV shows such as Walking and Talking, The Borgias and Great Expectations and films including Filth, Easy Virtue and 28 Days Later. Her stage work includes Medea (Theatre Babel), Sauchie Hall Street (Traverse/Tron).

Jo was in the original Michael Boyd production of The Guid Sisters and will also be the dialect coach on this production. On TV she has appeared in River City, Judge John Deed, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Bill, Psychos and Coronation Street amongst others.

For the Lyceum Gail Watson has been in Three Sisters, Dead Funny, Experienced Woman Gives Advice, The Anatomist and Stranger Came Ashore. Her recent theatre work includes Patsy Cline and A Bottle of Wine (Oran Mor), Spring Awakening (Grid Iron/Traverse), Huxley’s Lab and Barflies (Grid Iron).

She was also in Corstophine Road Nativity (Festival Theatre),and Sunshine on Leith, Peer Gynt and Gypsy for Dundee Rep. Her TV work includes Gary:Tank Commander and Irving Welsh’s Wedding Belles.

Maureen Carr was last seen at the Lyceum in Tartuffe and was in the National Theatre of Scotland’s recent production of Men Should Weep. Her other stage work includes Six Black Candles(Goldfish Theatre Company), The Steamie (Perth Theatre), The Educating of Agnes (Theatre Babel) and No Mean City(Citizens). Her copious TV work includes Case Histories, Merlin, River City, Still Game, Taggart and Sea of Souls.

Gaylie Runciman has worked with many theatre companies including Joint Stock, The Tron, Royal Court Upstairs, 7:84, Hampstead Theatre Club, Leicester Haymarket and Belfast Lyric. Since being in the original Tron production of The Guid Sisters Gaylie has worked directors such as Danny Boyle, David Hayman and John Dove. Her TV work includes When Eve Set the Balls of Corruption Rolling (BBC), The Gentle Touch (ITV) and the film Ursula and Glenys (Channel 4).

Molly Innes was last seen on the Lyceum stage in DC Jackson’s The Marriage of Figaro. She was also in Abi Morgan’s 27 , a Lyceum and National Theatre of Scotland co-production. Molly is known for her other many Lyceum appearances such as Wondrous Flitting, Age of Arousal and Faust Parts 1 and 2.

Romana Abercromby returns to the Lyceum after her roles in Six Characters in Search of an Author  and Pinnochio. Her recent theatre work includes The Track of The Cat (Bearplate), The Girls of Slender Means (Stellar Quines) and Hannah and Harvey (Reeling and Writhing). Romana was also seen in River City,  Lip Service (BBC) and Taggart (STV).

Ann Louise Ross was in The Lyceum’s last season opener  Mary Queen Of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off a co-production with Dundee Rep with whom she has appeared in copious productions including Further Than The Furthest Thing, She was also in Peer Gynt, a  National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep co-production. Ann Louise has also worked with most theatres in Scotland during her career. Her film and TV credits include Trainspotting, Acid House Trilogy, Split Second, Life Support and Rebus.

Sally Armstrong has a wealth of stage and screen experience and has performed in amongst others Men Should Weep (National Theatre),Whisky Galore(Nottingham Playhouse), Bad Girls (Polka/Watershed), The Front Page (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Big Maggie and Moll Flanders (New Vic, Stoke). For TV she has been in Holby City, The League of Gentleman, Wycliffe and Eastenders to name but a few.

Hannah Donaldson returns to The Lyceum after appearing in both The Age of Arousal (a co-production with Stellar Quines) and The Cherry Orchard. Her other theatre credits include That Face (Tron); The Last Witch (Traverse/Edinburgh International Festival); The Ducky (Borderline); Baby, Baby (Stellar Quines); Molly Whuppie (Ucketyspit); Washed Up (Òran Mór); Sunset Song (HMT); Yarn (Grid Iron); Romeo & Juliet (Dundee Rep); Antigone (Tron); Jack & The Beanstalk (Dundee Rep). On screen, Hannah has been seen in Rab C. Nesbit (Comedy Unit/ BBC); Day of the Flowers (Rogue Elephant); Storyville (BBC); Disconnected (BBC 3/ Shine); Rebus (STV); and Mashed (Channel 4).

Marianne Tees recently graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she appeared in many productions including Richard III, The Blue Room, The House of Atreus, Kiss me Kate, Cabaret, Oedipus and Uncle Vanya.

Lisa Gardner has recently worked with Serge Denoncourt in Ana for Stellar Quines/Imago Theatre. Her other theatre work includes Company Policy,Targets,Velvet Love and  Drawing Bored (Oran Mor), Hoors (Traverse), The Last of The Red Hot Lovers and Othello and Midsummer Night’s Dream for Glasgow Rep Company. For TV Lisa has played Joanne Rossi in River City.


For further information please contact Michelle Mangan on 0131 248 4822/

or Clare McCormack on 0141 227 949/


Evening performances (full price): £14.50- £29/

Matinee Performances: Wednesday and Saturday Matinees £16/

Concessions: £2 off full price for all Tuesday – Friday shows.

Under 18s: Sat Evenings £15/Tuesday – Friday evenings and Sat Matinees £10/ Wednesday matinees £5.

School Groups: £8 (stalls & grand circle) £7(upper circle) Sat Matinees – all seats £7/ Wed Matinees £5.

One teacher FREE with every ten pupils.

Registered unemployed:  Tuesday – Friday evenings all seats £10  Wednesday Matinees all seats £5 Tuesday  – Thursday £1 Stalls tickets available on the day (max 20 per show, stalls only). ID required.

Students/people with disabilities : Sat evenings £15 / Tues-Fri eve and Sat matinees £10 /Wed matinees £5.

Groups and Schools – Call 0131 248 4949

School Discounts: Wednesday matinees £5/Tuesday – Thursday evenings £8.50 (Stalls),£7.50 (Upper Circle)/Friday/Saturday evenings £15 and Saturday matinees £10/One teacher FREE with every ten pupils.

Groups’ discounts for eight or more people: Evenings: Stalls/Grand Circle £5 off and Upper Circle £3 off full price tickets plus one FREE ticket for every 20 paid for/Matinees: £3 off full price tickets plus one FREE ticket for every 20 paid for.


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