Three Sisters has Byrne makeover

Chekov's tale has a distincly Scottish feel to it now.
Chekov's tale has a distincly Scottish feel to it now.

John Byrne is one of those names that inspire either love or devotion — no inbetweens or negative connotations.

Since he burst onto the artistic scene with The Slab Boys in 1978, Byrne has been feted both for his writing and his painting.

Now he’s back working with Tron Theatre Company on his adaptation of Chekhov’s classic text Three Sisters.

Byrne relocates the action from 19th centurey Russia to a rural 1960s Argyllshire.

A welcome return to the Scottish stage will be afforded to Sylvester McCoy — TVs seventh Doctor Who — who lines up beside Jonathan Watson (Only An Excuse) and Martin McCormick.

It’s the not-so-swinging 60s at a Dunoon naval base where three sisters — Olive, Maddy and Renee — have spent the last 11 years looking longingly across the Clyde Estuary.

Surrounded by military suitors, overbearing in-laws and worthy Presbyterians, the trio yearn for London’s Carnaby Street and the love, culture and thrills they are denied in Argyllshire.

A tragi-comedy about dashed hopes and unrequited loved, Byrne’s Three Sisters is a distinctively West of Scotland take on the Russian classic.

With Byrne also designing the production — along with Charlotte Lane — it is a show that promises to rival the 2012 production of Ulysses in both scale and production.

Three Sisters is on at the Tron Theatre until Saturday, October 18.

Tickets cost £8 - £16 and are available on 0141 552 4267.