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A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Mini ‘Virtual’ Season

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

There’s nae Pies or Pints, but we’re excited to announce there will be Plays!

Òran Mór‘s A Play, A Pie and A Pint will stream a mini season of plays from our archives over the next few weeks.

Actors, writers, composers, directors and film makers have kindly given their permission for us to show their work for PPP online. All that we ask in return is that you make a donation to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, we’ve set up a JustGiving page here https://bit.ly/JustGiving-PPP-NHS

We kick off on Wednesday 6th May with Sunset Boulevard: The Lunchtime Cut by Morag Fullarton.

We look forward to a time when we can all get together again to laugh, cry, create and debate… in the meantime we hope you’ll enjoy the plays. So dim the lights, heat a pie, pour a glass… and remember to switch your phone off!

The following plays will be streamed on our YouTube channel, and will be available to view for 5 days (from 1pm Wed – Sun).

We’ll premiere each play at 1pm on Wednesdays but you can of course watch at any time of day, over the 5 days, at your leisure! (Each play will then expire at 2pm the following Sunday).

SUNSET BOULEVARD: THE LUNCHTIME CUT
by Morag Fullarton

Wed 6th – Sun 10th May

Featuring Juliet Cadzow, John Kielty, Mark McDonnell and Frances Thorburn

A bitter comedy and a dark tragedy, the story centres on a wealthy, egotistical, faded star, Norma Desmond, desperate to ‘return to the millions of fans she deserted’, and young, down-on-his luck writer, Joe Gillis, who sees a opportunity to exploit the situation.

‘Juliet Cadzow is by turns toweringly grand or boa constrictor possessive before she sashays into tragedy’ ★★★★★

The Herald

‘A class act all round. Suddenly, other plays got small’. ★★★★★

Arts Blog

Sunset Boulevard: The Lunchtime Cut is both a savage indictment of the star system (and the monsters it creates) and a depiction of a writer’s impotence in Hollywood. Based on Billy Wilder’s classic film noir, Morag Fullarton’s adaption retains the dark comic heart of the original while turning it into a theatrical treat.


WEE FREE! THE MUSICAL
by Brooks & King

Wed 13th -Sun 17th May

Cast: Neshla Caplan, George Drennan, Chris Forbes and Pauline Knowles

1984. Morna escapes the city to teach music on the remote Isle of Munst. When she accidentally marries a pillar of the community, she finds herself at odds with the quirks of The Kirk and the strange ways of the locals. Can a New Romantic survive on an island ruled by The Old Testament?

Cleverly written… great songs… outstanding cast… crisp direction. ★★★★

The Herald

Delightful performances… fine songs of love and disappointment… has the audience rolling in the aisles. ★★★★

The Scotsman

PPP would like to thank the family of Pauline Knowles who have kindly given their blessing to streaming Wee Free. It is a chance for friends and colleagues to once more appreciate Pauline’s superb talent. She was a joy to work with!


SPUDS
by Andy McGregor

Wed 20th – Sun 24th May

Cast: Darren Brownlie, Richard Conlon & Dawn Sievewright

When David MacGonigle’s wife dies, his perfect middle-class life collapses around him. But a freak occurrence, involving mouldy chips and Iron Brew, leads to his discovery of a new designer drug, Spuds. Soon he has built the ultimate criminal empire, but at what cost? A new musical comedy about grief, greed and grease.

Andy McGregor is a director, composer and playwright. He trained at Glasgow University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Shows he has written, composed and directed include Crocodile Rock, The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petit, Pure Freezin’, Love 2.0 and Vinyl Idol (with Debbie Hannan). He has also made various Christmas shows for wee ones at The Citizens Theatre. He has directed The Dolls Dragged Up (Scottish Tour), Disturbed (Play, Pie and a Pint), Godspell and Twelfth Night (RCS). He has composed for The Royal Court, The National Theatre of Scotland and the National Youth Theatre. He recently composed and sound-designed The Ugly One (Tron). His new play for young people, Influence, was performed last year in 6 theatres UK-wide, from Dundee Rep to Plymouth Royal.

Andy McGregor’s latest play 1 + 1 MAKES 3 was due to premiere at A Play, a Pie and a Pint this May – we hope to bring it to you soon!