A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Butterfly (4 stars)

A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Butterfly

Anne Hogg's debut for PPP Butterfly focuses on desperation in double denim, in the shape of young Jamie (Paul James Corrigan) who has just been made redundant from the Caterpillar Factory, and is standing on top of a very precarious water tower.

Attempting to talk him down is Jamie's Uncle Davie (Frank Gallagher) and a bonding process, initially fuelled by macho bluster and cheeky one-upmanship, ensues.

Peppered with 80s references, the themes nonetheless stand today – swap Mike Yarwood for Rory Bremner, or Margaret Thatcher for David Cameron, and the concerns are the same. The tale may be a well-worn study of masculine hurt but the performances are utterly heart-rending and funny.

Hogg's pithy dialogue is given room to breathe, almost in real time, with Stasi Schaeffer's effortless direction. Sometimes, to see the wider view, you have to stand well back.

Òran Mór, Glasgow, until Sat 31 Jan

A Play, A Pie & A Pint: Butterfly

Young Jamie Cassidy is made redundant from the Caterpillar factory and climbs the water tower to gain some perspective in this dark comedy of secrets, family and big heights.

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