Oran Mor, Glasgow, Mon 20–Sat 25 Oct
Her play clocks in at less than an hour and will be performed in front of an audience eating their lunch, but you can’t fault Nicola Wilson for ambition. Moonwalking, part of Oran Mor’s A Play, a Pie and a Pint season, considers nothing less than the war in Afghanistan, the politics of international aid and the demands of dealing with a mother with Alzheimer’s disease. ‘It was probably wildly over-ambitious, but I’ve had a go,’ says Wilson (pictured).
Written as interlinking monologues, the play presents three characters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. ‘They’re strangers who have been brought together by something that happened a year ago,’ she says. ‘It’s about what it does to us as people when we’re exposed to the brutality of war or the guilt of being married to someone who does remarkable things.’
It’s meaty material, but Wilson has good reason not to be daunted. Before she turned to writing, she was the literary manager of London’s Bush Theatre. ‘I like to think it’s an advantage because I’ve worked with so many writers on so many plays,’ she says. ‘You’re alerted to so many pitfalls and you learn a lot about the craft, so I hope I’ve put some of that into practice.’