The Tron Theatre’s Ambassador scheme gives S4-S6 pupils the chance to get behind the scenes of a working theatre, giving them the unique opportunity to make a deeper connection with the Tron and gain a better understanding of the theatre industry as a whole. As part of this opportunity, Ambassadors who are interested in writing about theatre are asked to submit reviews on Tron Theatre productions throughout the year, with one review being chosen to be hosted for a wider audience on The Wee Review. Click here to learn more about the Tron Ambassadors scheme.
Niamh Martin-McGarrigle – Woodfarm High School
Hi! I’m Niamh, and I’m in 4th Year at Woodfarm High School. I signed up to Tron Ambassadors because I want to work in theatre and thought this would be a good chance to get a glimpse of what it’s like. I’m doing National 5 drama in school and I’ve been to the Tron to perform in and see shows, so I look forward to being here over the next year.
Showing @ Tron Theatre, Glasgow until Sat 18 Oct (run ended)
Tron Theatre’s Three Sisters is a great piece of theatre – if you don’t mind leaving after two hours feeling a little drained with a bleak outlook on life.
The performance told the story of three sisters, Olive, Maddy and Renee, who lived in Dunoon yet wished to return to their home in London. As the play progresses, the characters gradually lose hope of ever returning to London,an aspect which is cleverly reflected in the increasing greyscale of costume and makeup, as well as in the characters’ lines.
My first impression was that the multi-levelled set and lighting were impressive, and I hoped that it wouldn’t overshadow the acting. It didn’t. All actors embodied their characters well, capturing each unique personality- Dr MacGillivery (Sylvester McCoy) particularly captured the audience with his quirks and humorous remarks. The scene and costume changes were very slick, and collaborated well with the dream-like state and poetic word structure at the very beginning.
However, the energy began to fizzle out as the play took a more melancholic tone, and the plot seemed to only loosely affect the characters without much literal portrayal. The audience lost interest as the general storyline began to repeat itself, only with different characters and slightly adjusted circumstances. I hate to say it, but despite all the wonderful production, the play was a little…depressing.
All in all, Three Sisters is perfect- for a very specific audience. The set/soundtrack/lighting-lovers, the aspiring poets and perhaps the next pessimistic philosopher who theorises about the pointlessness of existence, would all be people I’d recommend a ticket to. As for the general public, it’s not exactly a light-hearted comedy, and it doesn’t have song-and-dance numbers that’ll get you on your feet. This show will give the harsh reality of life, and you probably won’t leave feeling overjoyed, but ‘Three Sisters’ is definitely worth a view, if not for the technical aspects and execution alone.