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23rd February 2014

A little bit of Scotland comes to the Finborough Theatre

Come along if you think your hard enough
The Hard Man (by Tom McGrath and Jimmy Boyle) will be kicking off quite literally in March at the Finborough Theatre. Another in its series of acclaimed rediscoveries of Scottish playwrights, the first London production since 1985 opens for a limited run of nine Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday matinee performances from Sunday 2 March 2014 (Press Night: Monday, 3 March at 7.30pm).

Set in 1970's Glasgow the play focuses on Johnny Byrne, a young schoolboy involved in petty crime and violence. But when he meets Deadeye he soon finds himself known as a 'hard man' and being convicted of murder. But it is when he is serving his sentence in prison that the real acts of brutality occur.

Based on the life of Jimmy Boyle, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in 1967, The Hard Man is his compelling and shocking story of growing up in 1970s Glasgow. It paints the protagonist not as a villain, but rather as a victim of the system he was brought up in. Released less than a decade after his 'life' sentence Boyle went on to work as an artist and writer and the autobiographical element to the play raises the question of what is justice, what is punishment and how grey is the line between them.

The Hard Man is Mark Dominy's London directorial debut following work at the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds and an attachment as Assistant Director on the West End production of The Woman in Black.

ID Fight Co-ordinator Ronin Traynor will be fight directing for the play and the audience can expect to witness some up close and personal violence in the intimate setting of The Finborough.

"I'm a lunatic. A right bad lot. What the Judge always calls, "A menace to society". I'm speaking to you tonight from a Scottish prison where I am serving a life-sentence for murder. What you are going to see is my life as I remember it". - Johnny Byrne

PHOTOCALL: By arrangement. Please email press@finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED

Box Office: 0844 847 1652 Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 March 2014
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions.

For more information, interviews and images, please contact Neil McPherson on e-mail admin@finboroughtheatre.co.uk or 07977 173135.

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