Classic Cuts Summer Season at A Play, a Pie and a Pint
Bite-sized classics being served up for lunch at Oran Mor
In what is traditionally a quiet time for theatre, Glaswegians in search of a dramatic fix are strikingly well-served, and for those who don’t fancy giving up their precious long summer evenings there’s an especially tasty array of bite-sized classics being served up for lunch down at A Play, a Pie and a Pint.
Coming between a season of contemporary writing from the Arab world and the annual summer panto, the selection itself is also nothing if not diverse. ‘Variety is very important to us,’ says producer David Maclennan, ‘and of course people bring their enthusiasms to us – in each case there was somebody pushing the play.’ So it is that we have actor and comedian Sandy Nelson (pictured) transposing Pygmalion to fin-de-siècle Edinburgh, Marcus Roche translating Ubu Roi, Philip Howard topping and tailing rarely seen Shakespearean history King John and Jen Hainey rounding things off with Noel Coward’s Private Lives.
‘We’ve got tremendous audiences now at Oran Mor,’ says Maclennan. ‘The most common thing people ask when they come in is “what’s on today?” – they’re coming for the experience.’ So they come along assuming it’ll be something good? ‘Well, hoping …’ is the modest reply. ‘I can’t say that everything we do is five stars but we get as close as we can!’
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Mon 11 Jun–Sat 7 Jul