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Theatre review: Ciara

Blythe Duff. Picture: Comp

Blythe Duff. Picture: Comp

  • by JOHN DARLEY
 

AFTER the success of last year’s Fringe hit Good With People, acclaimed Scottish playwright David Harrower and Taggart star Blythe Duff reunite with the Traverse Theatre, on Cambridge Street, in this sharp one-woman show.

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Traverse Theatre

Duff presents to us the story of Ciara, a successful art gallery owner, who tries to force her way out from her late father’s corrupt past.

Mick was the kind of gangster who was proud of where he came from, who protected and looked after his own kind. But if you crossed him, well, that was a different story. But Mick was also a father.

Harrower’s script is a love letter, as well as a death threat, to Glasgow’s wide cultural landscape, from its colourful art scene to the dark underbelly of drug trading business and creates a perfect blend of satire and social realism.

Duff’s performance is equally rewarding as she entices her audience with witty tales from her character’s upbringing, only to slowly bring them down into the heartbreaking abyss of Glasgow’s mean city streets.

Her compassion and enthusiasm demonstrates how proud she is to be a part of this production. Together, Harrower and Duff have certainly produced a satisfying accompaniment to the Traverse 50th celebrations.

Until 25 August

 

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