Thief, the Award-Winning ★★★★★ play from Liam Rudden involves Glasgow’s 1051 GWR for 3 intimate boutique performances.
Sailor thrives within the bars, dives and doss-houses of squalid ports. Look, you will note him. Sailor lives for theft, imprisonment and expulsion. Be his sufferer. Sailor’s ‘virtues’ are easy: hire, theft, and betrayal. Join him.
Following its award-winning premiere on the Brighton Fringe in 2014, the place it received that 12 months’s Best Theatrical Performance Award and an award-winning look on Broadway in New York, Thief will get its Glasgow premiere within the metropolis’s latest pub theatre.
Thief, a play impressed by the vagabond playwright Jean Genet, is a darkish, difficult, and never for the simply offended.
Written and directed by Liam Rudden, this primary post-pandemic manufacturing of Thief sees acclaimed actor Lee Fanning (Neds, Contagion, Under The Skin, The Angel’s Share) return to the position of Sailor.
“Sensational… Ferocious… Acted with great intensity. A memorable hour of theatre.” – Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
AS THE AWARD-WINNING PLAY, THIEF, RETURNS, JUST WHO IS SAILOR?
“Thief is a study of abuse. A exploration of how society creates its own monsters and then hides from its complicity,” says author and director Líam Rudden.
“It additionally challenges the audiences to consider the transience of magnificence. It’s an emotional roller-coaster that may make you snicker, cry, and look away, as Sailor tells his all-too-human story. It’s about one man’s humanity.
“I wanted to get inside the head of a character that people will have preconceptions about… and to then twist those preconceptions, allowing Sailor into their heads. His world is a wonderfully dark place, where there are no rules. I like working in the landscape.”
“Thief is something else, dark, disturbing and sometimes hard to watch. See!” – Glenn Chandler, creator of Taggart
Liam Rudden continues, “Thief was not a straightforward play to write down, neither is it essentially straightforward to observe. Thief is the story of Sailor, a sufferer who refuses to see himself as that, a person who fights again. Sailor has been abused all his life. At 36 , he’s now answerable for the circumstances that created the ‘monster’ he has turn into. At least, that’s what he believes.
“Sailor is a person struggling to keep up his humanity and self-respect, whereas doing what it takes to outlive the brutal underworld of civilised society.
“His ethos of subverting accepted ethical behaviour and self-expression is drawn loosely from the works and lifetime of Jean Genet.
“Set in a timeless world of dockside taverns and the cobbled shadow-lands of foggy ports, the story charts one man’s survival. A squalid survival some discover themselves embracing even now, as a lot as society want to deny that’s the case.
“Importantly, however, Thief has no message. It’s there to provoke thought and discussion and hopefully, entertain, albeit on an extremely dark level.”
PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS
1051, Great Western Road,
Tickets : £15
Box Office : www.citizenticket.com
Images: Bill Mackellar