All systems go for Crossfade
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 brownpapertickets.com.
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