A fistful of lunchtime theatre

Oct 6 2014 | By More

Play Pie and a Pint back at Traverse

Oran Mor’s popular A Play, A Pie and a Pint lunchtime theatre is back at the Traverse on Tuesday for a five week season opening with Lesley Hart’s Flame Proof.

Michelle Gallagher and Billy Mack in Flame Proof. Photo: Lesley Black

Michelle Gallagher and Billy Mack in Flame Proof. Photo: Lesley Black

The five new productions will each run Tuesday to Saturday lunchtimes at 1pm, with an extra performance on Friday evening at 7pm. Tickets, priced £12, include a pie and a drink with the hour-long performance.

Set in a wedding marquee at 3am, Flame Proof stars Michelle Gallagher – seen at the fringe in The Pure, The Dead and the Brilliant – as health and safety officer Lyssa, whose ex-fiancé is the groom but is determined that it is going to be her big day – not her ex’s.

Billy Mack, who excelled in 13 Sunken Years at the fringe,  plays Buddy, brother of the bride, who is dreading the event as his ex-wife will be there. He’s sleep-walked into the marquee looking for his trousers and is on the hunt for a bit of love action.

Directed by King’s pantomime regular Andy Gray, Lesley Hart’s script explores the consequences of the meeting of these two, both bent on their own kinds of destruction.

A Play, A Pie and A Pint was created by David MacLennan in 2004 and is in its 21st season at the Oran Mor in Glasgow, where it is responsible for commissioning 38 new plays a year. This will be the first season since his untimely death from motor neuron disease in June this year.

PPP Autumn 2014 Listings:

Flame Proof by Lesley Hart (7-11 October)
Directed by: Andy Gray
Cast: Michelle Gallagher and Billy Mack
“Lyssa’s ex-fiancé is getting married in the morning. It may not be her wedding but it will sure as hell be her big day. Buddy is dreading the wedding. His ex-wife will be there with her new fiancé. Lyssa wants to destroy the wedding. Buddy wants to destroy himself. They could do a lot of damage, should they ever meet. And they do, at 3am in the wedding marquee.
“Will they survive the night together? Will the wedding go to plan?”

Mrs Barbour’s Boys by AJ Taudevin (14-18 Oct)
Directed by: Emma Callander
Cast: Anna Hepburn, Libby McArthur and Gail Watson
“In 1915, Mrs Barbour led 20,000 women in the rent strikes with bundles of washing, bread, flour, saucepans and wooden spoons.
“One hundred years later, in her dank tenement in Govan, an 87-year-old woman sits alone reminiscing on a lifetime of grievances, battling her memories and reaching for a time which put us all first.”

Squash by Martin McCormick (21 – 25 October)
“Paul’s been a bad boy – a bad, bad pig of a bike-stealing boy. Ma seen him steal Bald’s bike after all. Old Eagle Eyes doesnae miss a trick! What’s Paul doing up here at the flats anyway? It’s well past his bedtime and there’s only room for one good boy in here. Bald knows that. Ma knows that. But what does Paul know?”

Crash by Andy Duffy (28 October – 1 November)
“‘Money means power and freedom. Who’s not interested in that?’
“A stock trader who’s lost his magic touch. Fearful of the future, the markets, of not getting what he wants. The woman he wants. The son. Fearful of losing them.”

Flying with Swans by Jack Dickson (4-8 November)
“Jean wants an adventure. Dolly’s got a secret. Mona’s set for a lovely day out. So when three friends get together for the first time in many years, what should be a simple ferry trip to the Isle of Arran for the annual arrival of migrating whooper swans becomes the journey of a lifetime.”


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