Theatre news and comment
The bewildering number of openings over the next few weeks is leaving Whispers pretty breathless, with more new shows than our usual preview pages can cover, so he’s putting aside his usual ponderings to update you on what’s on.
Borderline are far from in the mood to take their recent snub by the SAC lying down, and look set to put their art where their mouth is with Losing Louis. The Scottish premiere of this West End hit should play nicely to the particular audiences that Borderline have established and the SAC has chosen to ignore. Simon Mendes Da Costa’s play tells a comic story of family tensions. Set in the same bedroom, but in two scenes fifty years apart, the piece explores decisions taken by the now dead father of a Jewish family which impacts on his two neurotic and frustrated sons. A bleak and insightful humour runs through this piece, which should entertain. You can catch it at the Brunton theatre from Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 September, then subsequently on tour around the country.
Meantime the new Edinburgh version of A Play, A Pie and A Pint continues to go great guns at the Jam House in Edinburgh. Over the next couple of weeks you can catch Lewis Hetherington’s Sea Change, a very relevant drama on climate change, Tir Nan Og a screwball comic musical by that multitalented stalwart of the Scottish theatre, Dave Anderson and A Fortnight in the Seychelles a tale of middle-aged holiday making by Maite Prez Larumbe. There must surely be audiences for lunchtime theatre in Edinburgh, and one wishes the Oran Mor folk well in their new endeavour.
Meanwhile over at the Traverse, there’s a chance to brush up on your Gaelic with Tosg, a double bill of work from two of Scotland’s leading writers, Iain Finlay MacLeod and Iain Crichton Smith. Each deals with ideas about human rights and religious hypocrisy in a manner that goes far beyond the concerns of the Highlands. You can see them both at the Trav on 23 September.