Just Checking charts bride-to-be whose OCD is getting the better of her
Very physical piece from Taggart actor
For an actor, no job is for life. Not even when you’re the star of Britain’s longest running cop show. So when Blythe Duff (aka DI Jackie Reid) found herself in between series of Taggart in 2009, she thought it would be prudent to have another string to her bow.
‘I was just shaking myself up a wee bit and thinking, ‘What is my life going to be if and when Taggart stops?’ says Duff who set up a production company, Datum Point, and commissioned a one-woman play from Waterloo Road writer Karen McLachlan.
That play, Just Checking, is now hitting the stage with Duff playing Izzy Grant, a middle-aged bride-to-be whose OCD is getting the better of her. It’s a comedy with a serious point: ‘If people are laughing, I hope it’s at her story and not the fact she struggles to get through her day.’
After her recent turns in Be Near Me for the NTS and David Harrower’s Good with People, she is back on home turf. ‘I love the fact that you bring an element of your craft on television into the theatre,’ she says. ‘I love that stillness. Just Checking is a very physical piece, but I need to find the moments to give the audience a breather.’
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 12 Feb