Interview: Rona Munro discusses her new play, Guilty, starring Louise Ludgate and Lesley Hart
'It gave me an opportunity to write something specifically for two of my favourite actors'
With Ian Rankin recently having made his playwriting debut, why shouldn’t dramatists get in on the crime thriller scene? A new miniature two-hander from Rona Munro, one of Scotland’s most prolific writers for the stage, promises more than just a procedural. ‘There are two women in Guilty,’ says Munro, ‘a police inspector and a woman from whom she’s taking a statement. It’s a dark comedy based around themes of family and jealousy. A woman has disappeared. Where to and why?’
With this season of A Play, a Pie and a Pint productions touring to Aberdeen, it’s also a chance for Munro to reconnect with the city of her birth. ‘It gave me an opportunity to write something specifically for two of my favourite actors who are also fellow North-Easters: Louise Ludgate and Lesley Hart. As a writer, there's nothing quite like the joy of anticipating what a skilled performer is going to bring to a part and they’re even better in the rehearsal room than they were in my head when I was writing it. I think audiences will be in for a very funny, very disturbing 50 minutes.’
Òran Mór, Glasgow, Mon 18–Sat 23 Nov.