Des Dillon-penned black comedy Six Black Candles is given a long overdue homeland revival
- Lauren Mayberry
- 13 April 2011
This article is from 2011.
First performed at Edinburgh’s Lyceum in 2004, Des Dillon’s Six Black Candles has not been back on home turf since, despite popularity further afield – and more’s the pity. Dillon, a sort of Bruce Springsteen figure of Scottish theatre, has a knack for using simple, colloquial language to tell a surreal story in a relatable way within a realistic setting.
Set in Irish-Catholic Coatbridge, where Dillon himself was brought up, the play follows three generations of women from one family as they unite in the name of a common goal: Wiccan revenge on one of their number’s cheating bastard husband.
Perfectly-timed one-liners abound from a roster familiar to us from Rab C Nesbitt and Still Game, with Vivien Grahame (better known to most of us as comedienne and performance poet Viv Gee) and River City’s Carmen Pieraccini especially standing out. Throw in a decapitated head in a freezer, a mad Irish granny (played wonderfully by Kay Gallie), a new priest and local hitman as well as impeccable performances from the female-heavy cast, and we’re onto a winner.
Currently touring throughout Scotland. Seen at Cottier Theatre, Glasgow, Sat 9 Apr.