All sys­tems go for Cross­fade

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Ruther­glen woman is set to see her new theatre com­pany launch their first play.

Rachel D’Arcy, from Dry­burgh Av­enue, launched Cross­fade Theatre with play­wright Ni­cola Todd ear­lier this year.

Now the com­pany will per­form A Bench At The Edge at Go­van­hill Baths from June 11 to 13.

Rachel’s re­cently moved to Lon­don, where she’s work­ing with the Paines Plough theatre group, while con­tin­u­ing to work with Cross­fade.

But it was back at Stonelaw where she first de­vel­oped a taste for drama.

She said: “I was at Stonelaw High and the drama depart­ment was so good there - Neil Smith, Gary Waltham and Char­lotte Gibson were all fan­tas­tic teach­ers, and re­ally showed us there was a way to make ev­ery­thing work in theatre.

“There were al­ways great op­por­tu­ni­ties to see things, like the King’s panto at Christ­mas - we went to see Mr Smith in a play at the Ed­in­burgh fes­ti­val, which was writ­ten by Dou­glas Maxwell.

“He ended up be­ing Ni­cola’s men­tor at uni­ver­sity, which was quite a funny co­in­ci­dence. It was just a re­ally sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment that helped you per­form to the best of your abil­i­ties.”

Af­ter leav­ing Stonelaw Rachel stud­ied English and then theatre stud­ies at Glas­gow Uni­ver­sity, where she met Ni­cola.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing and pool­ing their re­sources, they’ve set up Cross­fade, with their first pro­fes­sional col­lab­o­ra­tion be­ing a per­for­mance of the Amer­i­can play­wright Luigi Jan­nuzzi’s play A Bench At The Edge.

It’s an ab­stract two-han­der be­tween two lost souls, touch­ing upon is­sues like life, death, men­tal health and why peo­ple keep on go­ing.

Rachel added: “It’s one of those plays which has quite se­ri­ous themes, where one char­ac­ter’s on life sup­port and an­other is con­sid­er­ing tak­ing their own life, so it might not seem like find­ing hu­mour in it.

“But it’s just about be­ing hu­man and there’s so many strange things in life that you don’t ques­tion, which can pro­vide that (hu­mour).”

With two theatre roles on the go, in two dif­fer­ent cities, it’s no won­der the past sev­eral months have been a whirl­wind for Rachel.

“When I think back on it, it’s been seven years since go­ing to uni, so it’s been a pipe dream to do this for a very long time.

“I’ve been lucky enough to come down to Lon­don and then have my close friends in Glas­gow ( work­ing on Cross­fade), so it’s been all sys­tems go.”

A Bench At The Edge is at Go­van­hill Com­mu­nity Baths from June 11 to June 13. Tick­ets can be booked by call­ing 0141 433 2999 or vis­it­ing brown­pa­pertick­

They’re priced at £8/£6.

Prepa­ra­tions Ac­tors An­drew Davies and Hannah Charles re­hears­ing A Bench At The Edge, be­ing staged by Ruther­glen’s Rachel D’Arcy’s Cross­fade Theatre Com­pany

Stage tal­ent Ruther­glen’s Rachel D’Arcy, who has co-founded the Cross­fade Theatre group

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