Peapod Prods. Pop Out Again

Mar 14 2013 | By More

Passing Through on road for fourth time

By Thom Dibdin

Passing Through, Alistair Rutherford’s immersive rom-com for Peapod Productions sets out on tour again this week, starting at the Scottish Storytelling Centre tonight (Thursday).

Performed in and around its audience, the play tells the story of Tommy, a magician who works under the title The Ace of Spades. Mistakenly booked as a Motorhead tribute act at the Dockers Social Club, he is nursing his post-gig ego in a nearby pub when he meets Alice – who is nursing her own pride after being stood up in the rain.

Philip Kingscott (Tommy) and Kirsty Halliday (Alice) in Passing Through. Pic: Peapd Productions

Joining Peapod Productions founder Philip Kingscott as Tommy is Kirsty Halliday, who takes over the role of Alice from Anna Guthrie.

Director Andy Corelli told the Annals it is still very much the same show: “Alistair has made minor streamlining tweaks to the script since the first tour last year to aid the narrative and characterisation. Some lines have also been adapted to take account of topical issues in the news.”

After playing Edinburgh for three nights, the production will tour to Newcastle, Cumbernauld, Dunfermline, Linlithgow and Whithorn in the UK before flying off to Italy and Switzerland in June.

Speaking of the new cast, Corelli said: “The addition of Kirsty means a new dynamic and a new romance has been created with Philip. Overall, there are probably more visual and physical comic turns this time round.

“But the classic watering can moment is still there, not to mention the beer mats, the shark infested seas and the spaghetti western coffee bar! Philip has also been practising his magic tricks and has added in a new one – but it doesn’t involve a saw…”

Æ’s review of the the previous production is here: Æ Passing Through Review
Peapod Productions website:

Spring tour of Passing Through

14-16 March
The Scottish Storytelling Centre
0131 556 9579 Book online
22-23 March
Theatre Royal
08448 11 21 21 Book online
29-30 March
Cumbernauld Theatre
01236 732 887 Book online
5-6 April
near Whithorn
Swallow Theatre
01988 850368 Book online
11 April
Carnegie Hall
01383 602 302 Book online
12 April
Burgh Halls
01506 282 720


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  1. Alison Parnell says:

    Go for it!


  2. Thom Dibdin says:

    Updated picture from publicity shot for previous tour to production photo of current tour with current cast.