A Play, a Pie and a Pint
Since its inception in 2004, Oran Mor has become rather like a mobile phone to the Scottish theatre: you managed to cope fine before you had one, but these days it’s hard to imagine how. Sustaining itself on box office takings, support from the venue proprietor, Colin Beattie, and modest private sponsorship, this venue has defied the odds to produce some of the most inventive new theatre that Scotland has seen.
To celebrate the 200th production by A Play, a Pie and a Pint, the venue is putting on, not a single play, but a kind of theatre jamboree. ‘It’s rather unusual actually,’ says artistic director David MacLennan. ‘I decided that because Oran Mor and A Play, a Pie and a Pint is all about giving writers a platform, rather than commission one play from one writer I decided to commission 40 two-minute plays from 40 writers. We’ve given the umbrella subject of “Glasgow Then and Now”, and it’s a mini play festival.’
The participants are plainly too numerous to mention, but among the commissioned writers are Daniel Jackson, Liz Lochhead, Alasdair Gray, Gregory Burke, Douglas Maxwell, and the father/son combination of David and Davy Anderson. This Who’s Who of Scottish writing, mixed in with a few less well-kent faces is very much in keeping with Oran Mor traditions. ‘I really wanted to make a statement about how much the writers have made Oran Mor,’ explains MacLennan. ‘Of course it owes a lot of success to designers, producers, actors and so on, they’ve all worked hard and given it their best, but what the place is really about is a platform for new writing.’
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Mon 4–Sat 9 Oct