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Tryst's Art Attack

Tryst Theatre are staging the popular comedy Art as part of the Falkirk Tryst Springtime Festival next month.

Award-winning Art, by Yasmina Reza, premiered in Paris in 1995. Since then it has been produced worldwide and translated and performed in over thirty languages. A large number of top actors have queued up to perform in it – Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Ken Stott, Alan Alda, Alfred Molina, Brian Cox, Warren Mitchell, John Fortune and most recently Jack Dee, Frank Skinner and Colin Mochrie. It was co-produced by Sean Connery.

It’s a comedy of crisis. Serge has bought a modern abstract painting for a huge sum of money. Marc is disgusted and cannot believe that a friend of his could possibly want such a ghastly work. Yvan attempts, unsuccessfully, to placate both sides while struggling with the plans for his wedding.

Playing somewhere between Moliere and Woody Allen, the comedy is less about art and more about friendship tested to its absolute limit.

Serge is played by Brian Paterson, Marc by Alan Clark and Yvan by Craig Murray.

Tryst President Frank Murray said: “This is a spectacularly popular play in which the three actors perform somewhere between the elegance of The Three Tenors and the slapstick of The Three Stooges. Brilliantly witty and thought-provoking, it bubbles over with sharp and rapid-fire dialogue. One critic summed up its appeal beautifully. “"If you haven't seen it yet, I envy you the discovery. And if you have seen it before, I envy you the re-discovery!"”

Art is on in Falkirk Town Hall for one night only on Saturday May 22 at 7.30pm. Tickets, £7 and £5 (concessions) are available from the Steeple Box Office on 01324 506850 or from Tryst Theatre’s Box Office on 01324 715886.

Picture shows, left to right, Brian Paterson, Craig Murray and Alan Clark. - Tryst Theatre is a registered Scottish charity, No SC003303