Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Footfalls


Two lovely and very talented actresses are in the building, making final preparations for the rarely performed Footfallsthe second play in our double bill of Beckett here at the Citz. 

Kathryn Howden as Goneril (right) in King Lear
 Hot out of the glamorous heels of playing Goneril (the eldest daughter) in the King Lear; Kathryn Howden returns as the main character – and only visible performer - May in Footfalls. I caught up with her in the foyer and got chatting. Kathryn comes from a showbiz family: her partner is actor Gilly Gilchrist (River City, Lip Service, Rob Roy); her brother actor Lewis Howden (currently appearing in David Harrower’s play A Slow Air with Tricycle Theatre) and her father is actor and legendary stand up comedian Happy Howden! Not forgetting Hollie, Kathryn’s daughter who by all accounts is a budding writer at the age of 7…something in the genes?

Kay Gallie (right) in The Steamie - 25th Anniversary Tour
Supporting Kathryn in her role is veteran actress Kay Gallie who plays the part of the Voice. Another returnee Kay’s first ever acting job was at the Citizens Theatre many years ago. You might recognise her better as Mrs Culfeathers from The Steamie; a part she has played no fewer than 5 times, including the recent 25th Anniversary Tour!

Kay has a rather interesting challenge in Footfalls in that she never appears onstage! Only Kay’s voice is heard live at every performance.

We hope you'll take a risk on our minimalist theatre double-bill, as a fitting end to Dominic Hill's first season as Artistic Director.

Christine (Temp Marketing Officer)

Krapps Last Tape opens from tomorrow night, as a double bill with Footfalls, another of Samuel Beckett's short plays. Until Sat 9 June.
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