Actress is set for trip to Russia
Halfway actress Kirsty Punton only landed her first leading role this summer - and now she’s set for a trip to Russia because of it.
The 19 year old took the part of Girleen in a version of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West at the Tron theatre in Glasgow.
It was Kirsty’s first ever major role having just graduated from college.
Now the play will be performed in Russia in October, as part of a festival celebrating the work of the Irish playwright McDonagh.
Kirsty said: There’s a Martin McDonagh festival taking place in Perm and we’ve been asked to perform The Lonesome West there.
“I’ve never been there before so that’s a really good opportunity! “It’s been all go since college finished.” Kirsty graduated from the City of Glasgow college in June.
Originally from Edinburgh, she has lived in Halfway for the past three years while she studied.
Performing a dark comedy like The Lonesome West, at one of Glasgow’s most famous theatres, has obviously been a huge boost for her budding career.
She added: “It was great – a really good run, we got nice reviews and it was just a really good experience.
“It was a bit more relaxed than I was expecting, in the rehearsal period anyway.
“I think that was down to Andy (Arnold, Tron artistic director) and his style of directing and it really worked.
“I felt like it was a laid back and open environment where I could try out anything.”
The play also let the cast respond to the audience each night.
Kirsty said: “I think the style of the piece changed over the run.
“The overall style was dark but comedic, and it could change on each night depending on the audience reaction, because it’s a funny script and a small theatre then the audience became part of it and we could play off that.”
While Kirsty felt butterflies before the show started, she was fine once she actually took to the stage.
“I was very nervous – I’m nervous in general, but no matter how nervous I am in general, the second I’m onstage that’s it and the nerves go away.
“I thought the longer the run progressed then I would get less nervy beforehand, but it was almost the opposite – I started to worry that I was getting too sure of it.”
She was also given a helping hand by the rest of the cast.
“It was brilliant – the rest of the cast were all older male actors, and it was great to get advice they could pass onto me.
“What was really good was that they took my opinions into consideration completely.
“It was great to be treated as an equal, and everyone was really supportive.”
The Russian festival of McDonagh’s work will also feature performances by theatres from Russia, Iran, Poland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Tron production.
Russia Bound Kirsty Punton is set for Russia with The Lonesome West