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The Match Box

Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 February, 7:30pm & 2:30pm on Saturday
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Award-winning Scottish theatre company Firebrand brings the Scottish premiere of the compelling play, The Match Box, directed by Richard Baron to St Andrews. Written by the celebrated, Irish, Tony Award winning playwright, Frank McGuiness, The Matchbox combines lyricism and humour in a passionate story of grief, revenge and the temptations of evil.


The play explores the shockingly brutal events that bring Sal to a remote exile on Valentia Island off the coast of County Kerry. Sal is an intriguing heroine, a woman to be pitied and feared in equal measure. Her story begs only one question of the audience; what would you do if pushed to the very edge?


Described on its original production at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre as ‘So brutally powerful it knocks the breath out of your body,’ by The Times, The Match Box asks what happens once the cameras have moved on and a tragedy becomes yesterday’s news?


This new production of the monologue, follows the success of 2016’s acclaimed production of Grounded by Firebrand.


Running time:  90 minutes, no interval


The Byre Theatre is part of the University of St Andrews, one of the world’s leading research intensive universities.  As part of the theatre’s programme, we create opportunities to link the work presented to our academics in order to stimulate debate and exchange.

We will be hosting a post-show discussion on Friday 2 February. On the panel will be:

  • Liam Sinclair – Artistic Director, The Byre Theatre, University of St Andrews
  • Dr Maggie Ellis, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews
  • Richard Baron, Director
  • Ellie Zeegan, Assistant Director
  • Janet Coulson, Actor

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