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Cast and venue announced for Interference (World Premiere)

Three new plays by Morna Pearson, Hannah Khalil, and Vlad Butucea

Directed by Cora Bissett at CITYPARK, a new office block in Glasgow from 16 to 30 March 2019.

Shyvonne Ahmmad, Moyo Akandé, Maureen Beattie and Nicholas Ralph join the cast of Interference, the National Theatre of Scotland’s upcoming trilogy of near future plays, directed by Cora Bissett (Glasgow Girls, What Girls Are Made Of).

Interference is a bold and chilling new trilogy of plays set in the near future, directed by National Theatre of Scotland’s Associate Director Cora Bissett and written by three provocative writers: Morna Pearson (Darklands), Hannah Khalil (Metaverse) and Vlad Butucea (Glowstick).

The trilogy will be staged in CityPark, a new office development in Glasgow, from 16 to 30 March 2019.   A large empty office space will be transformed by projected visuals and atmospheric soundscapes as the drama unfolds. The opening performance is on Tuesday March 19 2019 at 7pm.

Maureen Beattie returns to the National Theatre of Scotland following roles in Yer Granny, Dear Scotland, Enquirer and 27. She has worked on the stages of the major theatres in the UK, and is known, as well, for her roles in popular TV programmes such as Dr Who, Casualty, Lewis and Outlander. Maureen is also President of Equity, the entertainment workers’ union, and in the autumn of 2018 was named as one of The Saltire Society’s Outstanding Woman of Scotland. 

Moyo Akandé returns to the National Theatre of Scotland, having previously appeared in Peter Pan. Her recent TV roles include The Cry, Porridge and Lip Service, (BBC) and the film, Hurricane Heist. She also co-wrote and produced the award-winning short film 1745 about runaway slaves in Scotland.

Also joining the cast is Shyvonne Ahmmad who is making her professional debut and Nicholas Ralph who previously appeared with the National Theatre of Scotland in Dunsinane.

Exploring how technology might alter and impact on parent-child relationships, the future of care for an ageing population, and how far the definition of being human can be stretched, the three plays are each asking questions of both the present and the future. With technology becoming more embedded in our daily lives and weaponised in ever more terrifying ways, and in a world in which many people are finding new ways to define intimacy, sometimes rejecting human connection altogether, Interference asks what is it that we still need from each other? 

Interference sees the National Theatre of Scotland staging its first site-specific project of 2019. In recent years the Company has specialised in staging work in unique and unusual locations; Last year included plays performed in a converted lorry on the streets of Paisley (Do’s and Don’ts), on an Aberdeen beach (Rewind Perspective), and within a specially constructed maze in a Glasgow meadow (The Reason I Jump). 

Cora Bissett is a multi-award winning director and actor, whose recent work for the National Theatre of Scotland has included the award-winning Adam (touring to New York for its first international performances in February 2019) and Glasgow Girls (currently touring Scotland and Ireland in 2019 for Raw Material).  Last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit for Raw Material and Traverse Theatre, What Girls Are Made Of, written and performed by Cora, tours across Scotland and to Belfast and Brazil later this year.

Interference is designed by Jen McGinley, Video Design and Movement by Gail Sneddon, Sound Design by Garry Boyle, Lighting Design by Simon Wilkinson 

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Dates:             16 – 30 March 2019

Venue:            CityPark Glasgow, 368 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow, G31 3AU

Time:             7pm (running time: 2.5hrs including interval)

Ticket price:   £15/12 (£5 for Futureproof Passport holders)




Friday 22 March, 7.00pm & Thursday 28 March, 7.00pm.

Interpreted by Yvonne Strain and Lisa Li 


Thursday 21 March, 7.00pm & Thursday 28 March, 2.00pm

Audio Described by Christopher McKiddie. 

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 26 March, 7.00pm 

TOUCH TOUR: Thurs 21 March, 7.00pm, Thurs 28 March, 2.00pm 

RELAXED PERFORMANCE AND TOUCH TOUR- Saturday 30 March, 2.00pm. Supported by the National Autistic Society. 

The National Theatre of Scotland is working in partnership with the National Autistic Society, in 2019, to increase access to theatre for neuro-diverse audiences.

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