Ac­tress is set for trip to Rus­sia

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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