The Guid Sisters

The Guid Sisters

By Michel Tremblay
Translated by Martin Bowman and Bill Findlay
Directed by Serge Denoncourt
A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland

A big win and a night in. When the girls get together, nothing's left to chance!

Germaine Lauzon wins a million Green Shield stamps. She's in for a windfall but she can only collect her winnings by sticking each and every stamp into her saver books.

As the night wears on her kitchen fills to bursting with family, friends and neighbours eager to help Germaine (and maybe themselves). A riot ensues as this formidable group of women talk about life, the world and the men in their lives.

This 'rich, raucous and gritty' Scots version of Québécois writer Michel Tremblay's play Les Belles-Soeurs premiered at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in 1989 and has not had a major revival since.

The Lyceum and the National Theatre of Scotland present this Scots classic, directed by Serge Denoncourt, one of Canada's leading directors including his work with Cirque du Soleil.

The Guid Sisters will transfer to the King's Theatre, Glasgow from 23-27 October 2012.

A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland. Supported by Bank of Scotland Pioneering Partnership.

Cast and Credits

The cast of The Guid Sisters

Germaine Lauzon - Kathryn Howden
Linda Lauzon - Sally Reid
Rose Oumet - Karen Dunbar
Gabrielle Jodoin - Jane McCarry
Lisette de Courval - Jo Cameron Brown
Marie-Ange Broullette - Gail Watson
Yvette Longpre - Maureen Carr
Des-Neiges Verrette - Gaylie Runciman
Therese Dubuc - Molly Innes
Olivine Dubuc - Romana Abercromby
Angeline Sauve - Ann Louise Ross
Rheanu Bibeau - Sally Armstrong
Lise Paquette - Hannah Donaldson
Ginette Menard - Marianne Tees
Pierrette Guerin - Lisa Gardner

 

The creative team of The Guid Sisters

Director - Serge Denoncourt
Set Designer - Francis O'Connor
Costume Designer - Megan Baker
LX Designer - Charles Balfour
Composer - Philip Pinsky
Deputy Stage Manager on the Book - Claire Williamson
Assistant Director - Amanda Gaughan

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Dates and Times

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Dates and times

Running time - 2h 30m (inc 20 minute interval)

Friday 21 September, 7.45pm (Preview)
Saturday 22 September, 7.45pm (Preview)

Monday 24 September, 7.45pm (Preview)
Tuesday 25 September, 7.45pm
Wednesday 26 September, 2.30pm
Wednesday 26 September, 7.45pm
Thursday 27 September, 7.45pm
Friday 28 September, 7.45pm
Saturday 29 September, 2.30pm
Saturday 29 September, 7.45pm

Tuesday 2 October, 7.45pm
Wednesday 3 October, 2.30pm
Wednesday 3 October, 7.45pm
Thursday 4 October, 7.45pm (Touch Tour, 6.15pm and Audio-described Performance)
Friday 5 October, 7.45pm
Saturday 6 October, 2.30pm (Touch Tour, 1pm and Audio-described Performance)
Saturday 6 October, 7.45pm

Tuesday 9 October, 7.45pm
Wednesday 10 October, 2.30pm
Wednesday 10 October, 7.45pm
Thursday 11 October, 7.45pm
Friday 12 October, 7.45pm (BSL Interpreted Performance)
Saturday 13 October, 2.30pm (Captioned Performance)
Saturday 13 October, 7.45pm

Further information on accessible performances

 

Prices

Saturday Evenings

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £29
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £26
  • Front Upper Circle: £19
  • Rear Upper Circle: £15
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £14.50

Tuesday-Friday Evenings

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £24
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £21
  • Front Upper Circle: £16.50
  • Rear Upper Circle: £14.50
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £13.50

Wednesday/Saturday Matinees

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £16
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £16
  • Front Upper Circle: £16
  • Rear Upper Circle: £16
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £13

Side-view seats are also available: £10-£15
Preview performances - all seats £7.50, unreserved seating (no concessions)
A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings

 

Discounts

Over 60s/Concessions

  • Tuesday - Friday: £2 off full price tickets

Students, people with disabilities, under 18s

  • Saturday evenings: all seats £15
  • Tuesday - Friday evenings: all seats £10
  • Saturday matinees: all seats £10
  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Wheelchair spaces available in Stalls Boxes
  • Students - ID required

Registered unemployed

  • Tuesday - Friday evenings: all seats £10
  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Tuesday - Thursday: £1 Stalls tickets on the day (max 20 per show)
  • ID required

School discounts

  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Tuesday - Thursday evenings: £8.50 (Stalls), £7.50 (Upper Circle)
  • Friday-Saturday evenings: Same as under 18s prices
  • One teacher free with every ten pupils
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949

Group discounts for 8 or more people

  • Evenings (Stalls and Grand Circle) £5 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Evenings (Upper Circle) £3 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Matinees: £3 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949

 

Transaction Fee

  • A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings (excluding free events) to cover the service costs required to process a transaction.
  • If you buy multiple tickets at the same time the fee will remain £1.
  • Applies to all booking methods and forms of payment.

Accessibility

A BSL Interpreted introduction to this production

 

Accessible performances for this production

Touch Tours for the visually impaired

  • Thursday 4 October, 6.15pm
  • Saturday 6 October, 1pm

Audio-described Performances

  • Thursday 4 October, 7.45pm
  • Saturday 6 October, 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance

  • Friday 12 October, 7.45pm

Captioned Performance

  • Saturday 13 October, 2.30pm

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum

 

Access facilities at the Lyceum

Arriving

  • Blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the theatre
  • Street level access to the Lyceum foyer

Front of House

  • Lifts to all levels
  • Front of House wheelchair available for audience use
  • Induction loop at Box Office
  • Accessible toilet in foyer

Auditorium

  • Infra red and radio headsets for hearing enhancement and audio-described performances
  • Guide dogs welcome in auditorium or can be left with Front of House staff
  • Raised Stalls Boxes offers space for up to 27 people in wheelchairs/companions
  • Underlit row letters, tactile row markers and embroidered seats numbers
  • Booster cushions and footstools available
  • Induction loop permanently on

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum

Creative Learning Events

Creative Learning events for this production

Theatre Class

  • Wednesday 26 September, 10.30am 
  • £6 per class or book all 7 for £39
  • Includes free coffee/tea

Post-show Discussion

  • Tuesday 2 October, after evening performance
  • Free, unticketed

Matinee Discussion Group

  • Wednesday 3 October, after matinee performance
  • Free, but ticketed

 

To book for ticketed events, please call 0131 248 4848 or book online.

(£1 transaction fee applies per booking)

Audience Feedback

Audience feedback for this production

If you would like to submit your own review of this production, please use the form on this page.

"Wonderful in every way!"
Audience review by Elaine Ellen

"A fantastic play, thought provoking, funny and moving"
Audience review by T Mcsorley

"I laughed so much I put my back out"
Audience review by Peter Fraser

"Highlight of our visit to Edinburgh"  
Audience reviw by LizzieR

"a powerful story told in the most hilarious way"
Audience review by A McInnes

"Enjoyed it so much we have encouraged friends to book."
Audience review by Carrie's Mum

"Fantastic actors and a great theatre!"
Alison Stow on Facebook

"I had a terrific time at The Guid Sisters and think anyone would be foolish to miss out on this terrific show"
Audience review by Jordan

"What a show, what a cast, what a laugh! One I would come back to and watch again!!"
Audience review by Colin Moss

"From my 10 year old son, through two teenage sons up to my 81 year old mother, all of us took something from The Guid Sisters"
Audience review by Grizzlepuss

"Can't believe how a play about sticking stamps could be so mesmerising!"
Sarah Pearson‎ on Facebook

"hilarious, dark, moving and breathtaking... don't miss out on this wonderful theatrical event"
Audience review by John Woodley

"Well done to cast and crew of #guidsisters... very thought provoking - Karen Dunbar was magnificent"
@RubiedMoon on Twitter

"Still chuckling away to myself after the #Guidsisters last night"
@eoin_carey on Twitter

"it was very guid! Big laughs, fabulous cast"  
@sha_burgess on Twitter

"a frisky feisty handful of a show with an exquisite cast of Scotland's finest ladies."
@cmfwood on Twitter

   

Press Coverage

Reviews

"one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, remarkable on many levels... a superb production"
The Guardian ★★★★★

"a play that speaks to audiences all over the world... a joyful experience"
The Scotsman ★★★★

"funny to its riotous core... a telling indictment of patriarchal capitalism"
The Herald ★★★★

"There’s no stopping the sheer life-affirming energy of the 15 women on stage"
The Times ★★★★ (paywall)

"Denoncourt does an admirable job of marshalling this large ensemble"
The List ★★★★

"Performances throughout are excellent"
Edinburgh Spotlight ★★★★

"a stunning group performance...  vital, ferociously satirical theatre"
TV Bomb ★★★★

"gloriously rich and vibrant... delivered with vital authenticity"
Edinburgh Guide ★★★★

"thought-provoking theatre which never forgets to entertain... The language is a joy, dripping with the juice of real life, and genuinely poetic"
The Arts Desk ★★★★

"a fire-cracker of a production that explodes on stage with verve, wit, and raw good humour"
Lothian Life ★★★★

"a powerful ensemble... riveting"
The Observer (don't award stars)

"scintillating... a superb melange of comic levity and sudden poignancy... a landmark play"
Sunday Herald (don't award stars)

"a big, exciting and vibrant production... hugely enjoyable"
The Stage (don't award stars)

a superb revival… the exuberance of the piece and the performers shines through... An absolute must-see"
British Theatre Guide (don't award stars) 

 

Previews and Interviews

"I have directed this play in French three times and I refused to direct it in any other language. Then I saw the Scottish translation, and I thought it was brilliant."
The List

"When Les Belles Souers opened in Montreal in 1968, it shook the theatre to its very rafters"
STV

"the play has proved so phenomenally successful and, on its debut, even incendiary"
The Scotsman

"Without this tale of 15 women... a generation of Scots playwrights might never have expressed themselves so vigorously in their own voice."
The Herald

"I can honestly say I have never wanted to play a part as much as I did this one when I read the script."  
Daily Record

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