Ambitious new theatre group goes underground

Samuel Keefe stars in  Notes from the Underground.
Samuel Keefe stars in Notes from the Underground.

TEMPERATURES have taken a turn for the colder, and it’s safe to say that the change of the seasons is upon us.

Embracing the imminent darkness with a black sense of humour is Visiting Company, a new production co with Dostoyevsky on its mind.

The troupe’s first show is an interpretation of Notes from the Underground, debuting at the Citizens Theatre this week — a nod to the Crime and Punishment production running throughout September.

This contemporary piece is a response to the classic text, as one man delves into the darkness of the theatre’s circle studio to share his hatred for a failing society. Audiences are invited to join the bitter hero (Samuel Keefe, star of the Citz reinterpretation of The Maids) in casting off social norms — however uncomfortable the contorted world below may be.

The debut show has been a long time coming from Visiting Company, founded in 2013 after years of collective honing on the student theatre circuit. Heading the group is artistic director and southsider Debbie Hannan, whose previous credits include the Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland.

So there you have it; a thought-provoking, existential piece inspired by Dostoyevsky’s bitter-cold Russia and transported to the ever-darkening streets of Glasgow — not to mention a chance to catch some of the southside’s rising theatre stars.

Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground opens tomorrow (Wednesday) and runs until Saturday — perforamnces at 7.30pm, as well as a 2.30pm Sat matinee. Tickets are £10/£6 from 429 0022 or the Citizens Theatre website.