Oran Mor

A Play, a Pie and a Pint

“One of the most magical theatre initiatives of the last decade”

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Òran Mór’s groundbreaking lunchtime theatre programme, A Play, A Pie and A Pint, began in 2004 and now commissions and produces 38 new plays a year. We produce the work of many of Scotland’s best known writers, as well as presenting the work of new young playwrights. We have also presented seasons of plays from writers from Latin America, the Arab World, China and West Africa and the Caribbean.

Plays from PPP have been seen at the Edinburgh Festival, the Belfast Festival, the Brighton Festival, the Adelaide Festival, the Island Festival in Tasmania, the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow and the Last Frontier Theatre Festival in Alaska.

We’ve also had plays from Òran Mór performed in Newcastle, Manchester, Coventry, Bristol, London, Seoul, Beirut, Milan, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bermuda and New York. The Tiny Dynamite Theatre in Philadelphia has done several seasons of A Play A Pie and a Pint and we recently got invited by the British Council in Brazil to help them set up PPP in Sao Paolo. Where Glasgow leads, the rest of the world follows!

Visit the What’s On section of the website to find out programme details. The About Section has ticket/timing information.

David Maclennan talks about Oran Mor, the Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre and the history of a Play, a Pie and a Pint.

Latest comments

  1. Kyle MacRae said;

    03 December 2009, 1:02 pm

    Are you same Ian Black I bumped into in a pub in Tobermory about 8 years ago? You spotted me as a fellow journalist because I was a) sitting alone b) reading a book c) the book was by Martin Amis :)

  2. William Livie said;

    27 December 2009, 12:29 am

    Been to one of the plays on a visit to Glasgow earlier in the year. I really enjoyed the play that was on, and also the pint. I didn’t really enjoy the pie though but apart from that, a really enjoyable hour.

  3. Edith Smith said;

    18 January 2010, 5:38 pm

    Dissapointed as I could not get into see the
    interviews with Colin beattie, Ian Black, and david Hayman.

    However I am looking forward to this years plays.


  4. Chris said;

    18 January 2010, 9:53 pm

    Hi Edith,

    Could you not see the videos? Apologies about that. Very odd. I’ve just checked the videos and site on several different browsers, and on two separate computers/internet connections, and they are playing fine. Maybe you could try another computer?

    Or you could try our youtube channel and see if that works out for you. It’s at http://www.youtube.com/PlayPiePintatOranMor

    Let me know if this helps you out!



  5. Jen B. said;

    23 February 2010, 6:50 pm

    Not the best play at triple P.

  6. Jen B. said;

    23 February 2010, 7:00 pm

    Nonetheless we will be back!

  7. Paul Rooney said;

    16 June 2010, 10:33 am

    Please do something with your site. Trying to find out what plays are on for the Play, Pie Pint thing is very difficult.

  8. admin said;

    16 June 2010, 11:10 am

    Hi Paul – All the upcoming plays can be found in the ‘Plays’ section. You will find the taskbar running along the top of the homepage. Hope this helps!

  9. admin said;

    30 August 2010, 10:23 am

    First play of the Season today. Don’t forget to leave a review for our Critics’ Circle Competition.

  10. Jim Crawley said;

    01 September 2010, 4:12 pm

    Excellent play today, been coming to the shows since they started. Great writing and comic timing.

    PS David do we get the £500 back?

    Keep up the good work.


  11. A.Lindsay said;

    29 September 2010, 4:16 pm

    I saw Calais at the weekend and cannot help feeling somewhat frustrated. I felt the script was weak which resulted in the actors having a difficult task.The sun was shining outside and it was a holiday weekend which may have been responsible for the emptry seats. I love PPP and have seen many memorable shows uhnfortunately this wasn’t one of them.

  12. John Turner-Layden said;

    10 November 2010, 2:07 pm

    Thank you for my first experience of your
    (PPP),brings me back to my young life.
    Alhough lets me know my past life,there is much
    more to my life than this.
    I am almost (70 Years) old and have a much more
    life. Although brought up un the gorbals,i had
    a great time for large families which i was
    the oldes of nine.Ever been to a residential
    school ,not an approved school.

    If you would like some old stories ,let me know.



  13. Beverley Brown said;

    30 November 2010, 8:30 pm

    Wish I’d sat in Ann Marie Di Mambro’s seat so I couldv’e kissed Sandy Nelson. But then, so did we Mairead Martin…and I’m not sure but Phillip Larkin may have been in there too! Nah…just kidding.
    I do know our darling course tutor (Ann Marie) kicked her heels up like Dorothy all the way home.
    Brilliant multi-panto, excellent use of space, imagination, narrative and audience participation. Well done to you all for making me stop assessing the structure as I sat, and dragging me (albeit kicking and screaming) in to audience participate. I don’t think I’ve sang in public since I was in the school choir. :D

  14. Beverley Brown said;

    30 November 2010, 8:32 pm

    …and ignore the crappy sentence structure and spelling mistakes. I was sipping sambuka and crabbys ginger wine…while I pondered what to write.

  15. Carol H said;

    12 March 2011, 7:55 pm

    I went to the Oran Mor PPP season at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry late summer – and really enjoyed not just the plays but the whole experience and this way of seeing theatre. Please can you come again? I hope so. Carol

  16. nan.wallace said;

    27 April 2011, 12:47 pm

    I was the one who handed David MacLennan a table mat on which I’d jotted down some ideas re a title for the summer panto (when I was at the venue for the Xmas panto). Couldn’t believe it when I saw that my brainchild – “Goldilocks and the Glasgow fair” had actually been used! Feel free to give him my e-mail address so he can congratulate me on my inspired thinking!!! Can’t wait to see it!!

  17. eleanor wark said;

    15 October 2011, 8:34 am

    I have seen many shows at the Oran Mor but tonights performance of Patsy Cline and a Bottle of Wine took my breath away.. it’s a long time since I’ve been in a theatre and felt such a collective sense of pure enjoyment. As an audience we were brilliantly entertained by a small but hugely talented cast, the story telling was superb and the ensemble playing terrific . Gail Watson is a tour de force, holding the audience spellbound with a mesmerising central performance. I am not a big country music fan and had to be dragged along, but I can honestly say it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Patsy Cline fan or not, this show reaches parts other theatre gets nowhere near – the audience were stamping for an encore and got one, we ended up dancing in the aisles… when did that last happen in a theatre? Thankyou Oran Mor for a great night out.

  18. K SLATER said;

    18 October 2011, 11:21 am

    took my grandaughter ( 16)to aplay a pie and a pint in july and she loved it and keeps asking when we can go back is there anything on in the afternoon again please let me know as i cant find anything on the web site

  19. admin said;

    18 October 2011, 1:04 pm

    All the programme information is listed in the ‘Plays’ section of the website. Hope this helps. PPP team

  20. Anna Redmayne said;

    21 October 2011, 10:27 am

    Wow! I saw your production of Patsy Cline last night and it was absolutely stunning. I haven’t enjoyed a show so much in years. There were 3 generations of us at the show and we were all knocked out. Who needs the West End of London when our own West end is bringing us top class entertainment like this? I recommend this show, to everyone, it’s outstanding. Thankyou.

  21. Jackie Patterson said;

    28 October 2011, 10:53 am

    Patsy Cline and a bottle of Wine was absolutely brilliant. I don’t usually bother to write in but we haven’t seen a show this good in years! Will it be coming back? All four of us were knocked out, I’d be back tomorrow if I had a ticket, it was worth every penny. More shows like this please! Jackie P.

  22. Wee Johnnie's Brither said;

    14 December 2011, 3:37 pm

    See Woe Shite, whit a fucking laff! Filled ma nappies it wiz that guid.
    . . . and the beer wiz guid tae,so it wiz. . .
    Here’s strength tae yir elbow. Nae hauf,
    Johnnie’s brither (aged 3)

  23. Sarah Evans Guthrie said;

    21 February 2012, 1:34 pm

    Excited to see the resurgence of a lunchtime theatre – I was involved in Theatrescope Original Lunch Hour Plays back in 1966. It was the first lunchtime theatre to happen, ran for about 2 years in a small space off St Martin’s Lane, and for 5s (25p) you could get a sandwich, banana and hot drink (we also took luncheon vouchers). Two performances a day, a new production every week, playing to an audience of 50 comprising mainly office workers and passers-by. Perhaps there’s someone out there who remembers it?
    Best of luck with this venture, sounds wonderful.
    Sarah Guthrie

  24. rose green said;

    25 July 2012, 7:56 pm

    bravo or as we say in glasgow gaun yersel to the two daves who have brought fun and social awareness that touches the heart of glasgow audiences, who have grown older with 784 and wildcat.we are so lucky to have such a rich theatre tradition and oran mors prices make it available to all

  25. Pat Devlin said;

    13 September 2012, 3:44 pm

    Was wondering where to take my friend who was visiting one afternoon and remembered Oran Mor done PPP, so decided as it was a horrible afternoon that it might be something different to do. The play was ‘Alice in Poundland’ and it was hilarious. Haven’t laughed so much for ages, great way to spend an afternoon and the pie was delicious. We will be back. Thanks.

  26. annie said;

    06 November 2012, 9:20 pm

    came along today to see This Little Piggy, first time my friend and i had managed along..didnt know what to expect, thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience,will definately be back.

  27. Sandie Gordon said;

    16 November 2012, 4:58 pm

    Today my husband and I and two of our friends saw Loyalty and Operation Phantom Fury. We all very much enjoyed the plays and the performances by the actors. Harry Ward & Daniel Boyd were both excellent but special praise must go to Michael Nardone whose performance in a thought provoking play was indeed outstanding. A big well done to all involved. Great day out. Sandie Gordon

  28. J. said;

    23 November 2012, 4:11 pm

    First visit to A Play, a Pie and a Pint. This “play” lasted no more than 30 minutes, was humorous, not funny and had no depth to it at all. More like a skit and very disappointing. For £12.50 – a rip off.

  29. Graham said;

    06 December 2012, 5:06 pm

    Just got back from the panto. Excellent, keep them coming

  30. Diane, Milngavie said;

    11 December 2012, 6:06 pm

    Cat stole the show! You will have to watch that ‘lad’ from straying. Fabulous show, sang all the way home – keep it coming.

  31. Ian Turbitt said;

    03 August 2013, 2:48 pm

    This is the first year I have been to Oran Mor’s Play a Pie and a Pint and I am already hooked. I am a retired professional puppeteer and worked in a very minimal way at various venues all over Scotland for 20 years, so the skill required in creating a whole world in a small performance space is something I admire and immediately recognise. My favourite play this season was Chekov’s Three Sisters. With only three actresses and one actor all playing individual instruments, fiddle, accordion as inter-scene musi, the company of four populated the performance area with around nine individual characters, switching character by the donning of a hat or a coat and locations by the mere turning of a chest or suitcase. In one stunning moment an actress played a highly convincing fearsome bully of a soldier by her change of voice and the wearing of military boots. The whole show exhibited for me the true Art of the Theatre.

  32. Jess Miller said;

    30 November 2013, 2:53 pm

    For a new playwright Jenny Knotts crafted a play about aging and dementia that should not have been funny, but it was. I laughed and didn’t feel guilty. I relived the sadness and empathy and frustration of caring for a loved one. The acting was great and the inclusion of the audience just felt right. I’m here visiting my sister and her husband I just wish I had an Oran Mor at home. Thank you all so much

  33. Matthew Swan said;

    16 December 2013, 2:08 pm

    The Uglies – brilliant

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