A tale of one city?

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A MOVING, funny and unflinching portrayal of hand to mouth poverty in 1930s Glasgow is set to open at the Citizens tomorrow.

A major new production of Men Should Weep from the National Theatre of Scotland depicts the life of the Morrison family, living in a cramped tenement with seven children.

Through the misfortunes, trials and tribulations of mother Maggie, played by Deacon Blue singer Lorraine McIntosh, as she just about holds her brood together.

But with sniping neighbours, an unemployed husband and children taking flight, it is getting harder to maintain appearances.

Remarkably ahead of its time when written in 1947, Ena Lamont Stewart’s landmark play is now hailed as a contemporary Scottish classic.

Director Graham McLaren told The Extra: “It is one of the very best plays ever to be written about the corrosive effects of poverty.

This is not a problem that has ever gone away. It is the story of people living with the pressure of poverty and unemployment today in Glasgow, Manchester, London or any city on the planet.

“I’m excited to bring the play back to audiences here at home”.

Glasgow Unity Theatre first performed the play at the Athenaeum Theatre in 1947, however, after the company closed in 1951, the play fell into obscurity.

After Ena Lamont Stewart revised her play in the 1970s, it was revived in the 80’s and has since become a fixture in Scottish theatre.

Men Show Weep opens at the Citizens Theatre tommorrow at 7.30pm and runs till Saturday October 8. Matinees are at 2.30pm each Saturday.

Tickets are from £5-£18, from 429 0022, or www.citz.co.uk.