Passing Through charts encounter between a magician and a young woman

Passing Through charts encounter between a magician and a young woman

Theatre romcom two-hander from Peapod Productions

Striking out on your own can be tough. But for actor Philip Kingscott, who set up Peapod Productions in 2010, the gamble has been worthwhile. Last year’s touring production The Garden was a five-star success, leading Kingscott to commission a new play from its writer, Alistair Rutherford. ‘Alistair’s work is so much fun to do,’ he says. ‘The dialogue is so natural, you know a lot of work has gone into it but it never sounds forced.’

Passing Through is a two-hander about an encounter between a magician and a young woman who’s ‘had it with romance’. The romantic subject matter, while perfect for Valentine’s, is something of a departure after the haunting The Garden. ‘One of the points of Peapod is to give writers and actors new opportunities,’ says Kingscott. ‘I haven’t done a romcom before, which is why I commissioned Alistair to write one.’

To prepare for the lead role of Tommy the actor has drawn inspiration from an old pro. ‘I’ve been watching a lot of Paul Daniels,’ he laughs. ‘It’s all good and well being able to do the tricks but it’s more about the showmanship.’

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Fri 10 & Sat 11 Feb; Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 22–Sat 25 Feb and on tour

Passing Through

Alistair Rutherford's romantic comedy explores the magical tryst between conjurer Tommy and jaded Alice. Presented by Peapod Productions.

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