A world stage premiere from the pen of one of the world's greatest thriller writers.

When Sandor snatched little Joe from the path of a London tube train, he was quick to make clear the terms of the rescue. "I saved your life" he told the homeless youngster, "so your life belongs to me now".

Sandor began to tell him a fairy tale: an ageing prince, a kidnapped princess, a missed rendezvous... But what did this mysterious story have to do with Sandor? Joe only understood his own role - he was a Gallowglass, the servant of a chief...

Starring Paul Opacic (Bad Girls, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks), Richard Walsh (London's Burning), Karen Drury (Brookside) Dean Smith (Last Tango in Halifax, Waterloo Road) Florence Cady (Crucible of the Vampire) and Rachael Hart (Apple Tree House) this classy thriller is brought to you by Middle Ground Theatre Company, whose recent productions here include Classic Ghosts, The Verdict and A Murder Is Announced.


Presented by Middle Ground Theatre Company

By RUTH RENDELL (writing as Barbara Vine)

Cast includes Paul Opacic, Richard Walsh, Karen Drury, Dean Smith, Florence Cady, Rachael Hart, Eva Cady, Matthew Wellman, Jog Maher and Joe Eyre


“Excellent performances… this world stage premiere from Middle Ground Theatre Company is a real chiller of a thriller”
Worcester News

“As intriguing as its unusual title… deviously enthralling… well staged with a strong cast”
Bromsgrove Advertiser

“Joe Eyre is fabulous as Sandor… Aficionados of Rendell’s work will not be disappointed, neither will devotees of the twists and turns of crime thrillers. A satisfying and rewarding production”

“A psychological thriller de force, unpredictable and jump-a-minute… you have to see this production. It’s phenomenal.”

"The cast of Gallowglass all give excellent performances, especially Joe Eyre as the creepy main protagonist of a kidnap plot." Dudley News

“Darkly dramatic… audience was intrigued, absorbed and ultimately gripped. Some of the finest acting we have seen for ages at the Devonshire Park Theatre… these are actors at the top of their art”

Eastbourne Herald

“It’s a top notch, ten-strong cast… the unsettling narrative takes audiences into unknown murderous worlds. A Chilling tale of the unexpected.”

Merseysider Magazine

“This Middle Ground Theatre Company production brings out the psychological suspense in a dark story… a talented cast, well directed by Michael Lunney”

Brighton Argus

“Gripping from the start and wonderfully written as you can expect from Rendell. This performance of Gallowglass has been well presented by Middle Ground Theatre Company – it’s classy and slick, satisfying and to be honest I was completely captivated.”

Dartford Living

"Presented by the hugely talented Middle Ground.....Ten superb actors drive the drama......the graphic raw emotions hook the audience from the explosive start to the thought-provoking finale"

Southern Daily Echo

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Running times

Act 1 70 mins

Interval 20 mins

Act 2 70 mins

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