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Season 2016/2017

  • Twelfth Night

    By William Shakespeare / Directed by Walter Paul

    26th to 29th October 2016

  • Sailmaker

    By Alan Spence / Directed by Paola De Rosa

    25th to 28th October 2016

    All Matinee Performances (2:00PM)

  • Quartermaine's Terms

    By Simon Gray / Directed By Mark Coleman

    25th to 28th January 2017

  • A Delicate Balance

    By Edward Albee / Directed by Iain McAleese

    26th to 29th April 2017

GIFFNOCKTHEATREPLAYERS is Glasgow’s leading south-side theatre company. Producing high quality drama since 1949.


 In 1948, three men – Tom Craston, Alan Mackill and Major Gray – had a dream to build a theatre in their local district. An Inaugural Meeting was called on 11th November 1948, where Tom Craston explained, to quote the minute:

    In view of the growth of Drama and the potential that a Company of Players be formed in the District, and that Giffnock should be chosen as the most central point. The final end in view is the erection of a building which would be a Community Centre with Theatre and Rooms

They started a dramatic club the following year, and in April 1949 constituted the Giffnock Theatre Players at an Extraordinary General Meeting. The vision was reported in the Evening Times, and boasted the “ultimate aim [of building] an adequate theatre providing a weekly or fortnightly reporty”. The first production was Grand National Night by Dorothy and Campbell Christie, directed by Alan Mackill. Read More
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    Every Story Begins Somewhere...........

    Each season, Giffnock Theatre Players (GTP) bring three dramas to the Eastwood Park Theatre stage and last year we upped this to four productions with two plays running in tandem in the October week. Some of these like Breaking The Code and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest are thought-provoking and challenge our audiences, while others like Calendar Girls and 'Allo 'Allo are out and out crowd-pleasers. We like to offer a varied program but with one constant: a high quality production from the actors through to the backstage crew. 

    The backstage crew deserve special praise. Just like the end credits on a film that rolls on for 20 minutes or more, after the cast list there is a slew of other roles: best boy, runner, make-up artist and so on. The actors on stage are just the very tip of the iceberg on any production. Likewise at Giffnock Theatre Players, supporting every production is an entire team of unsung heroes.  Without this team, the actors would be on a naked stage with no costumes or props.  It just wouldn’t be the same experience for the audience and we at GTP believe that our audiences deserve the very best we can provide.

    Want to get involved?

    We have opportunities behind the scenes with painting, minor construction, costume making/mending, props, tickets, front of house selling programs – anything really, we’d love to welcome you to the club. Note that auditioning for roles in plays will be on offer as well if you wish. 

    In joining GTP we can offer you lots of excitement, challenges and fun.  Not only do we put on fantastic productions, we have several parties every year.  You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the theatre, meet new and exciting people, and make life-long friends.

    Testimonial:  “When I first joined GTP, I couldn’t even bring myself to read out loud in front of people.  I was so nervous, I wouldn’t raise my hand to read.  Several months later, and I was cast in a show.  I was so nervous, I didn’t think I could do it, but now 5 years on and I can’t wait to be in whatever production needs me in whatever way I can be helpful.  The people here have been so lovely, warm and supportive.  It’s changed my life!”  

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    Giffnock Theatre Players are opening their doors on the weekend of 10 and 11 September 2016 for the East Renfrewshire 2016 Doors Open Day. This is GTP’s first Doors Open Day and we hope to attract the public to come and see how our theatre company operates. We shall have the history of our club on display. The club began in 1949 and Rikki Fulton was one its early members. Our costumes, props, furniture and workshop will be on display and the public will have the opportunity to see rehearsals for our October productions taking place.


    Our productions for October are Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Sailmaker by Scottish playwright Alan Spence, and these plays will run in tandem. 


    We hope that you this will be of interest to you and hope you can come along and visit our clubrooms.