LIST YOUR EVENT FOR FREE

National Theatre of Scotland announce full cast and creative team for Maggie & Me

Full cast and creatives announced for the tour of Maggie & Me, the first stage adaptation of Damian Barr's award-winning memoir touring UK in May and June!

National Theatre of Scotland announce full cast and creative team for Maggie & Me

Article Source: National Theatre of Scotland
Last Updated: 18 March 2024 11:02

Maggie & Me, Damian Barr’s award-winning and darkly witty memoir about growing up gay in Thatcher’s Britain is coming to stages across the UK, in a bold and explosive new production led by a queer creative team.

Damian Barr is adapting his memoir for the stage, teaming up with Scottish playwright James Ley and directed by Suba Das.

This new production from National Theatre of Scotland premieres at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in May 2024 before touring to Inverness, Perth, Cumbernauld, Dundee, Northampton and Edinburgh.

“Don’t you worry. I’ll always love you. Love doesn’t run out. It’s not like the gas meter. I’ll find extra love.”

Brighton, 2008: Damian Barr celebrates getting a deal to write a memoir about his chaotic childhood in 1980s Lanarkshire. But as soon as he opens the door to his troubled past, everybody comes rushing through, including his younger self and the woman who forever changes his family, community and country: Maggie Thatcher.
Soon, revisiting his past turns into reliving it – the fear and the joy. From the furnaces of the Ravenscraig Steelworks to the sanctuary of Carfin Grotto, there’s trauma and triumph, coming of age and coming out. It’s about friendship and family, finding your voice and fighting to tell your story. Can Damian survive his past again?

Past and present collide, endangering the future, in an explosive quest that tells the story of a particular place and time through Damian’s childhood. Before you can move forwards, you have to go back…

In Maggie & Me, Damian will come face to face with his past. DB will be played by Gary Lamont, who will be familiar to Scottish audiences from his role as Robbie Fraser in River City, and most recently seen in Boiling Point, both the Netflix film and BBC television continuation. Wee DB will be played by Sam Angell, who is making his National Theatre of Scotland debut. He started his career playing Billy Elliot in Stephen Daldry’s West End production in 2008.

Beth Marshall will be taking on the titular Maggie Thatcher, who finds herself pulled into Damian’s world. Recent stage credits include Fleg, The Spark, and Mary and Ada Set The World to Rights (A Play, a Pie and a Pint) and Mrs Puntilla and his Man Matti (Royal Lyceum Theatre), and television credits include Still Game, Shetland and River City. Last year, Beth worked with National Theatre of Scotland in Hannah Lavery’s radio play Finding Seaglass (co-prod with Almost Tangible for BBC Radio 4).

Both making their National Theatre of Scotland debut, Nicola Jo Cully will be playing Mum, and Douglas Rankine will be playing Dad. Nicola Jo Cully has appeared on screen in Doctors, Outlander, Waterloo Road, River City and Casualty. Stage credits include Welcome to Bannockburn (A Play, a Pie and a Pint) and Prism (Scottish Theatre Producers). Douglas Rankine is returning to Scottish stages for the first time since 2006, where he appeared in Faust (Royal Lyceum Theatre). His film credits include The Death & of John F. Donovan and Sunset Song, and television credits includes The Pigeon Tunnel (Apple TV+), Traces, Casualty, River City, Peaky Blinders and The Dumping Ground (BBC).

Completing the cast are Grant McIntyre as Mark and Joanne Thomson as Heather. Grant McIntyre’s recent stage credits include Scots (A Play, a Pie and a Pint), The Addams Family UK tour and Oor Wullie (Dundee Rep). Joanne Thomson is an actor, writer and director, She was nominated twice for Best Actress categories at the IARA Awards for her role in In Plain Sight (ITV) and will be familiar to audiences from her role in Outlander as Amy McCallum. Stage credits as an actress include The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (Royal Exchange Manchester), and Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Theatre).

A creative team including Kenneth MacLeod, Set and Costume Designer (Dracula: Mina’s Reckoning for National Theatre of Scotland and Aberdeen Performing Arts, and Battery Park for Sleeping Warrior Theatre); Struan Leslie, Movement Director, (founding Head of Movement at the Royal Shakespeare Company) and Tim Reid, Video Designer (Quiz – Chichester Festival Theatre, 1984 - West End and Broadway and The Grand Old Opera House Hotel – Traverse Theatre) will create a kaleidoscope of memory spanning two decades, weaving in use of iconic 80s archive footage and live onstage camera work.

Published in 2013, Maggie & Me was named Sunday Times Memoir of the Year, awarded the Paddy Power Political Satire Award and Barr was named Stonewall Writer of the Year.

There will be a chance for audiences to hear more about bringing the memoir to the stage from Damian at two special events in Edinburgh and Motherwell, and from Damian and co-writer James together in Glasgow. More details about these events will be available soon.

The National Theatre of Scotland will be collaborating with film and video students from New College Lanarkshire to create a short documentary about the making of the production.

Maggie & Me was highly acclaimed upon publication and has established itself as a Scottish classic memoir. This is the first time it has been adapted for the stage.

‘Funny, tender, and heartbreaking.’ The Independent
‘Certain memoirs catch a moment and seem to define it, bottle it... Hugely entertaining.’ The Sunday Times
‘A memoir which is both personally moving and a valuable historical document.’ Literary Review

Touring to Tron Theatre, Glasgow Tues 7 to Sat 11 May; One Touch, Eden Court Tues 14 May to Wed 15 May; Perth Theatre Fri 17 May to Sat 18 May; Cumbernauld Theatre Thurs 23 May to Sat 25 May; Dundee Rep Theatre Thurs 30 May to Sat 1 June; Royal & Derngate, Northampton Thurs 6 June to Sat 8 June; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Tues 11 June to Sat 15 June

Sponsored Links

Latest East Renfrewshire News

Dobbies launches nationwide search to find new Little Seedlings Ambassadors

Dobbies launches nationwide search to find new Little Seedlings Ambassadors

Dobbies is celebrating National Children's Gardening Week (25 May – 2 June) with the launch of a nationwide search to find its new Little Seedlings Ambassadors.

READ MORE
Fe Fi Fo Fun: Eastwood Park Theatre announces panto production

Fe Fi Fo Fun: Eastwood Park Theatre announces panto production

Eastwood Park Theatre has announced its panto production for 2024 will be the magical giant tale, Jack and the Beanstalk!

READ MORE
Refugee Festival Scotland is back and everyone is invited

Refugee Festival Scotland is back and everyone is invited

Refugee Festival Scotland has announced an exciting line-up of events sharing the stories of people and communities who have settled in Scotland.

READ MORE
Dive into a new career as a swim teacher

Dive into a new career as a swim teacher

Aspiring swim teachers can dive into a new career, learn new skills and support the next generation of swimmers, with a new swim teacher course, starting on 5 June 2024.

READ MORE
Unleash your creativity and tastebuds

Unleash your creativity and tastebuds

Dobbies Garden Centres adds dates for its Afternoon Tea and Planting Experience!

READ MORE
Dunterlie upgraded games facility unveiled

Dunterlie upgraded games facility unveiled

East Renfrewshire Council has officially opened the upgraded outdoor games facility at the Dunterlie Resource Centre.

READ MORE
The Why Not Trust Shortlisted for the 2024 Scottish Charity Awards

The Why Not Trust Shortlisted for the 2024 Scottish Charity Awards

The Why Not? Trust has been honoured with a nomination for the Scottish Charity Awards, recognising their innovative work at The Village.

READ MORE
Local sports clubs in with chance to score funding from Aldi Scotland

Local sports clubs in with chance to score funding from Aldi Scotland

Aldi's Scottish Sport Fund has returned for its ninth consecutive year, giving local sports clubs in Glasgow and the West of Scotland the opportunity to receive a share of £50,000 in funding.

READ MORE
Public to have their say on Eastwood leisure centre plans

Public to have their say on Eastwood leisure centre plans

Two public exhibitions are to be held to give people the chance to have their say on the plans being put forward for the new Eastwood leisure centre.

READ MORE
New Play about masculinity, mental health and Mens Sheds announced

New Play about masculinity, mental health and Mens Sheds announced

New play 'Men Don’t Talk' by Clare Prenton explores masculinity, mental health and Men’s Sheds, as part of Scottish tour this Autumn.

READ MORE
Wonder Fools are delighted to announce their brand new season of ambitious socially engaged theatre

Wonder Fools are delighted to announce their brand new season of ambitious socially engaged theatre

This season is their biggest and most ambitious to date and includes an incredible mix of productions in venues across Scotland.

READ MORE
The 75th Ideal Home Show Scotland returns with celebs, home inspo and more

The 75th Ideal Home Show Scotland returns with celebs, home inspo and more

The UK's biggest and oldest home and garden exhibition is back in Scotland for the 75th time and we're delighted to offer free tickets to our followers!

READ MORE
Postponed Springfest is back on 18th and 19th May

Postponed Springfest is back on 18th and 19th May

Having been postponed in April due to high winds, Loch Lomond Shores are delighted to welcome the delayed festival back on the 18th and 19th May!

READ MORE
Dobbies announces community winners for national campaign

Dobbies announces community winners for national campaign

Dobbies has revealed the community and charity groups across the UK that will receive support to help transform, restore or start their indoor or outdoor green spaces this year.

READ MORE
Optimistic Scotland fans become the heroes of new campaign from IRN BRU

Optimistic Scotland fans become the heroes of new campaign from IRN BRU

IRN-BRU is helping to build hype for the national side ahead of the Euros by turning some of Scotland's most hopeful fans into stars.

READ MORE
The Health Lottery launches the Paying It Forward Podcast

The Health Lottery launches the Paying It Forward Podcast

The Health Lottery is excited to announce the launch of its newest venture, the 'Paying it Forward' podcast, hosted by renowned radio and TV presenter, Danni Menzies.

READ MORE
Local gym instructor and karate champion to compete in Croatia

Local gym instructor and karate champion to compete in Croatia

Local gym instructor Dylan Rush is flying out to compete at the European Karate Championship in Croatia this week.

READ MORE
Top Dogs at Loch Lomond Shores returns this Saturday

Top Dogs at Loch Lomond Shores returns this Saturday

Top Dogs is back! Dog lovers invited to come and have a fun day out with their four-legged family members.

READ MORE
Drink Beer, Win Cash!

Drink Beer, Win Cash!

Britain's biggest independent craft brewer, BrewDog is giving beer lovers a chance to 'Drink Beer, Win Cash' with the return of its Cash Cans scavenger hunt this Spring.

READ MORE
Aberg, Fleetwood and Hovland set to star in Genesis Scottish Open

Aberg, Fleetwood and Hovland set to star in Genesis Scottish Open

European Ryder Cup stars Ludvig Åberg, Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland are set to reunite at the 2024 Genesis Scottish Open.

READ MORE
Make Time for a Cuppa to help support families with dementia

Make Time for a Cuppa to help support families with dementia

Dementia specialist nursing charity, Dementia UK, is running its 14th annual 'Time for a Cuppa Fundraiser' to raise vital funds for the leading cause of death in the UK.

READ MORE
Discover the magic of trees with Dobbies

Discover the magic of trees with Dobbies

Dobbies, the UK's leading garden centre, is inviting children aged four to 10 to a free workshop in May to learn more about trees and how to protect them.

READ MORE
Sign up for 2 free tickets to the Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Sign up for 2 free tickets to the Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show

It's just days until the opening of the Homebuilding & Renovating Show, which is back SEC, Glasgow on 11-12 May 2024.

READ MORE
More than 14,100 Kiltwalk heroes step up to achieve record breaking Glasgow event

More than 14,100 Kiltwalk heroes step up to achieve record breaking Glasgow event

Glasgow to Loch Lomond was a sea of tartan today as the world's biggest ever Kiltwalk took place, with fundraising already exceeding £2.5m.

READ MORE
Van Gogh experience announces Scottish premiere dates

Van Gogh experience announces Scottish premiere dates

A spectacular multimedia show celebrating Vincent van Gogh's life and stunning artworks is coming to Glasgow this summer!

READ MORE
Stage set for new season at Eastwood Park Theatre

Stage set for new season at Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre's forthcoming season features several sell-out shows and a host of well-known names, following the success of its 50th anniversary last year.

READ MORE
A Big Map for the Big Yin! Interactive map launched to celebrate Billy Connolly

A Big Map for the Big Yin! Interactive map launched to celebrate Billy Connolly

National Theatre of Scotland launches a new interactive map for Scotland to demonstrate its love for the Big Yin, inviting people to share their own Billy Connolly memories.

READ MORE
Cast announced for Scottish tour of Hen Night Horror

Cast announced for Scottish tour of Hen Night Horror

Touring Scotland from June, the cast is announced for Hen Night Horror, an original musical comedy that promises to put the willies right up ye!

READ MORE
The Best Home Bar competition from Aldi Scotland returns for 2024

The Best Home Bar competition from Aldi Scotland returns for 2024

Aldi Scotland's popular 'Best Home Bar' competition has returned for another year, with a year's supply of beer up for grabs!

READ MORE
Paisley Food and Drink Festival returns for a delicious double helping

Paisley Food and Drink Festival returns for a delicious double helping

Paisley Food and Drink Festival returns to the town this weekend for a two-day feastival with plenty for everyone to sample and enjoy.

READ MORE

Sponsored Links

Sponsored Links

Go Radio | Number 1 for Glasgow & The West - Listen on DAB, Online or on your Smart Speaker, just say "Launch Go Radio"

Popular Events

Dinosaur Adventure Live - Trouble On Volcano Island
Calling all dino fans... join an interactive adventure to save Volcano Island from an erupting volcano and meet incredible life-like dinosaurs when Dinosaur Adventure Live comes to Giffnock!
The Clarkston Car Show
I Love Clarkston are excited to announce the annual Clarkston Car Show will return to Clarkston Hall car park on Saturday 1st June!
Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre
Following the success of The Wizard of Oz, multi-award nominated Immersion Theatre invite you to Greenbank Garden for this years production, Peter Pan!
Eaglesham Fair
It's always a fun filled family day out at the bi-annual Eaglesham Fair being held on Saturday 1st June!
Elf and Faery Festival
Bring your little elves or fairies to the enchanted garden and woodland for this magical event at Greenbank Garden!

Popular Listings

Eastwood Park Theatre Rouken Glen Park East Renfrewshire HSCP Walking Groups Greenbank House and Garden Dams to Darnley Country Park Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre