As part of the BBC Bring The Drama Festival, we are hosting a free panel discussion with our amazing production team at A Play, A Pie and A Pint who will talk about working backstage, the realities of working at the UK’s biggest producer of new writing, and how they got started in the industry.
Chaired by our Associate Director (Laila Noble), the panel will feature a discussion with our Production Coordinator (Sam Ramsay) Resident Designer (Gemma Patchett) and Technical Co-ordinator (Ross Nurney).
There will also be a Q&A for you to ask any of your questions!
The panel will take place on Wednesday 06 March, 2.15pm (1hr) in the basement space at Oran Mor, Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX.
We are thrilled to announce the 30 submissions longlisted for this year’s David MacLennan Award!
A Game of Two Halves
Adam Tucker Deveau
Becoming Jeff Bezos
Christina of The Isles
Dine In For Two
Eilidh Eilidh Eilidh
Elliot Lays An Egg
Gifting the Noose
Kevin P. Gilday
Kev Campbell Was He
Dorothy Jane Stewart
Na’amah and the Boat
Pardon the Pitchfork
Stand By Your Man
Struggling to Establish a Connection Please Wait
The Ballad O Wullie Walloper & Dickie Baws
Albert Kirk Jr
The Gays Are Trying to Kill Me
Brian Evans and Greg Williams
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Congratulations to all the longlisted writers and thank you to everyone who submitted a play for consideration, we were overwhelmed by the quality of the submissions.
The longlisted writers have been asked to write a full draft of their submissions by early June, after which all the plays will be read and a shortlist will be decided. The writers are also invited to a workshop led by acclaimed playwright Douglas Maxwell to help develop their ideas and work towards their full drafts.
About the award: Named in honour of our late founder,The David MacLennan Award aims to uncover new writing talent by providing first time writers with the opportunity to have their work professionally developed and produced, before being presented on stage.
For the next stage of our existence, we are looking to recruit 2 x Non Executive Directors, to join the board, to contribute to the good governance of the organisation, oversee the delivery of the vision and mission and act in an ambassadorial role.
We are looking for people with experience in some (but not all) of these skills:
• Marketing and Communications
• Legal work in an Arts context
• Environmental issues
• Access and Disability rights
We are looking to diversify our current board and are particularly interested in applications from candidates from a wide variety of sectors (business, third sector) the Global Majority, people under the age of 50 and those with an interest in the arts and theatre.
Please note this is not a remunerated position.
How to apply
Application is by CV (inc 2 references) and a covering letter of application outlining why you’re an appropriate candidate for this role.
Application deadline: 10.30am on Friday 1st March 2024
Interviews will be held with the Chair, Kevin O’Sullivan and Vice Chair, Edward Crozier at a time mutually convenient to both parties.
If you are invited to interview you will be asked about access requirements so we can put access provision in place accordingly.
Please send applications by email only, addressed to Kevin O’Sullivan (Chair) and marked in the subject line as BOARD MEMBER APPLICATION to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to have an informal chat about what the role involves with Kevin O’Sullivan (Chair) or Ed Crozier (Vice Chair) please email email@example.com marked in the subject line as BOARD MEMBER QUERY who will pass on your contact details.
Would you like to lead Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre in its mission to continue to be the most prolific producing theatre company in the UK?
We are seeking a talented, skilled, and experienced Artistic Director and Chief Executive to lead the organisation through to its next phase of its journey.
Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre, trading as A Play, A Pie and A Pint runs a year-round programme designed to excite, inspire, and engage the audiences and artists with whom we work. Described by The Herald as a ‘cultural phenomenon’, our vision is to create Theatre For All. Our Programme is inspired by audiences and artists and celebrates the craft of playwriting, serving as the beating heart of new work for Scotland; we are small in scale, but big in impact. We produce a new play each week for 30 weeks of the year, with a pie and a pint included in the ticket price.
This is a full time fixed term contract, paid at a rate of £40-42,000 per annum. If you have demonstrable leadership skills within the arts sector, an excellent track record in making theatre, and the ability to motivate and lead a large team of internal and visiting staff members, we want to hear from you.
If you require the information in another format, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send applications by email only, addressed to Kevin O’Sullivan (Chair) and marked in the subject line as ARTISTIC DIRECTOR APPLICATION to email@example.com
If you would like to ask any questions about the post in advance of submitting your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org marked in the subject line as ARTISTIC DIRECTOR QUERY.
Deadline for Applications 10.30am 23rd February 2024.
Interviews to be held on Wednesday 6th (first round) and Wednesday 20th March (second round) 2024.
Our Artistic Director, Jemima Levick, will be leaving next year following her successful appointment as Artistic Director at Tron Theatre.
Whilst this is sad news for our team, we can think of no one more deserving of this opportunity to lead at one of Scotland’s flagship theatres and we wish Jemima all the best in her new role.
We will share more information about this announcement and our next steps in the new year.
We’re thrilled to announce the 18 wonderful new plays as part of our upcoming Spring 2024 season, co-presented with Aberdeen Performing Arts, Ayr Gaiety, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, Macrobert Arts Centre and Traverse Theatre.
2024 is our 20th anniversary and in that time we have produced almost 600 new plays and launched the careers of many now accomplished playwrights. In that spirit, our new season will shine a spotlight emerging writers, many of whom have never written for us before!
The season opens at Oran Mor on Monday 19 February with JACK, a dark comic monologue by Liam Moffat about navigating a life of loss, love and hope with the help of man’s best friend, directed by Gareth Nicholls (Artistic Director at Traverse Theatre).
Also in the programme, Imogen Stirling (Love the Sinner) debuts the fiercely funny Starvinginspired by Scottish activist Wendy Wood, in association with Raw Material; LaurieMotherwell (Sean and Daro Flake it ‘Til They Make It) shares a heartfelt story about pigeons with Roost, and Sylvia Dow (Threads) retells the ups and downs of finding love as you get older in musical comedy Looking for the One.
As part of a commission with Sanctuary Queer Arts to bring a new queer play to life, recipient Hannah McGregor will tell a story of a young queer Scot meeting the misunderstood Loch Ness Monster in new comedy Ness. Other plays by queer artists this season include Medea on the Mic, a feminist retelling of the classic Greek tragedy by Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh, and Laila Noble’s coming-of-age comedyDungeons, Dragons, and the Quest for D***.
Also making their PPP debut, Ellen Ritchie brings us dark comedy Hotdogwhich sees a young woman, dressed in a hotdog costume, who is determined to be the life of the party; Éimi Quinn’s heartfelt comedy The Funeral Club sees a group of friends from a teenage cancer ward go on a diamond heist; Kirsty Halliday shows us the mishaps at a Highland lodge with the farcical Bread & Breakfast, and Mairead A. Martin takes us on a saucy journey of self-discovery in Bridezilla and the Orchard of Sin.
Also this season, Thomas Jancis’s Tamám Shud is an Alan Bennet-esque comedy inspired by a real-life murder, Who Pays The Piper by Jen McGregor showcases the reality of who gets to make their music ambitions happen, and Mike O’Donnell brings us gentle comedy The Way, The Truth, and The Lifewhich is set in the West of Scotland.
Other highlights include Lewis Capaldi Goes Tropical, a surreal chaotic comedy by Raymond Wilson about a Glaswegian family whose illegal pet okapi is bought by the pop sensation, and Pushin’ Thirty by Dundee-based duo Taylor Dyson and Calum Kelly, a new comedy with original songs about approaching the milestone age. Closing out the season, Ross Collins Mackay (Treasure Island) will put a hilarious political spin on a Dickens classic with Party of the Century, which sees a man visited by three ghosts of Conservative past.
As part of PPP’s ongoing commitment to accessibility, two of the shows this season (Dungeons, Dragons ,and the Quest for D*** and Party of the Century) will be fully BSL interpreted and the four plays in May will have Sunday performances at Òran Mór to give audiences a whole weekend of opportunity to enjoy our lunchtime theatre experience.
“2024 will be our 20th anniversary and, in the spirit of our beloved late founder David MacLennan who took a shot on many now-established playwrights, it felt right that this season should be centred on emerging writers who deserve to have their sensational plays put on in front of packed-out audiences.
I say this every season but there is truly a play for everyone here, and I hope audiences come away at lunchtime enriched, entertained, and of course nourished from their pies and pints!”
Jemima Levick, Artistic Director
Standard and student tickets are on sale now for all performances at Òran Mór, with season tickets on sale later this month.
Like countless others across the country and world, we have been distraught following the events unfolding in the Middle East.
The attack on Israel by Hamas was horrific, and we sincerely hope that the hostages are returned to their loved ones safely and as soon as possible. We do not condone this action in any way.
The retaliatory response that has led to unbearable pain, devastation, and death being inflicted on innocent Palestinians in Gaza who were already suffering under a blockade, has no legal or moral justification.
We are a small arts organisation but we have a voice and it is important to speak up when the world is witnessing one of the worst humanitarian crises in our time. We support an immediate ceasefire to end the suffering and death of innocent lives, and stand in solidarity with our peers, colleagues, and other arts organisations who are calling for this necessary action too.
We support Art Workers for Palestine Scotland’s Open Letter and will be asking our audiences after each show this week to make bucket donations that we will forward on to support necessary humanitarian aid in Gaza.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint
Submissions are now open for the David MacLennan Award 2023/24!
In honour of our late founder and his unrelenting belief that anyone could give theatre a go, this prize is about uncovering new writing talent in Scotland and giving an opportunity to someone who has never written a professionally produced play before.
The winner will have their work developed and presented as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP)’s Autumn 2024 season at Oran Mor, Glasgow.
What: £1850* licence fee and play produced at PPP in November 2024
Who: A Scottish based writer, 18+, who has never had their work professionally produced
Application: 2 page treatment and 5 page play extract
At the heart of this prize is the principal that anyone can enter and we hope that this award will serve as a starting point for a new writer to find their voice and have their work seen by the public in a professional production.
We are pleased to announce a new writing commission opportunity in collaboration with Sanctuary Queer Arts!
After working together successfully on The Devil Drinks Cava by JD Stewart earlier this year, we’re delighted to work with Sanctuary Queer Arts to bring a new queer play to life in 2024.
This exciting commission is about finding and nurturing new queer talent in Scotland, so it is open to anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and has never had a play commissioned by A Play, A Pie and A Pint.
As well as receiving fees, the successful applicant will have mentorship from an experienced artist who will provide career support and dramaturgical input to assist the writer in producing a first draft of the play.
After a development process in March 2024, the new play will be professionally produced and presented at Òran Mór in Glasgow as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations with the potential to be toured across other venues in Scotland.
Applications are open now and close on Sunday 22 October.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is delighted to announce its Autumn 2023 season featuring 12 exciting new plays themed around Tales of Coming Home, co-presented with Aberdeen Performing Arts, Ayr Gaiety, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Traverse Theatre.
The season begins on Monday 4 September at Òran Mór, Glasgow with Forever Home, an uplifting new musical play by Pauline Lockhart and Alan Penman about an adopted girl finding her way home.
Acclaimed Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell returns to PPP with The Sheriff of Kalamaki, a new comedy-drama directed by our Artistic Director Jemima Levick based upon a real man who made his home in Zante and polices troublesome Brits abroad. Other shows inspired by real people include Alice Clark’s play Ship Rats, about her Glaswegian great-great-granny who sailed the world, and Brian James O’Sullivan’s heart-warming Meetings with the Monk that features some funny holy men.
The extremities of home and identity feature prominently in both An Act of Union, a sung-through musical by Andy McGregor about the possible dangers of militant nationalism in Scotland, and in Meghan Tyler’s FLEG, a new comedy directed by Dominic Hill, Artistic Director at Citizens Theatre, which sees a dark obsession take hold of a patriotic couple in Belfast.
Also this season, a brutal board game tears a family apart in Disfunction by Kate Bowen and the dangers of our home playthings are showcased too in Playthrough, a new spooky interactive play by Kenny Boyle about a cursed video game where the audience chooses what will happen.
Some exciting creatives will be making their PPP writing debut this season. Annie George’s poignant Coast sees two half-siblings go on a journey of self-discovery, Peter Stewart showcases how grand narratives and identity meet their match in office politics in Castle Fallon, and Glasgow-based musical theatre duo Jonathan O’Neill and Isaac Savage will debut Stay, a new musical about love, grief and peculiar park-life.
Finishing the season in blazing glory, The Guns of Johnny Diabloby Philip Differ is a new farce where oversized egos try to record a radio version of a recently discovered spaghetti western to hilarious effect.
I am incredibly excited about our upcoming Autumn season. ‘Home’ can mean so many different things to everyone, from our ancestral home to the home that we make for ourselves, and I cannot wait for audiences to see some truly brilliant takes on this concept from the finest writers, directors and creatives in Scotland.
– Jemima Levick, Artistic Director at A Play, A Pie and A Pint
Tickets are on sale now for all performances at Òran Mór and can be booked online or through Box Office on 0141 357 6211 or in person.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is pleased to be able to offer the role of Resident Director(Marilyn Imrie Fellowship) who will work alongside the Artistic Director and wider team for our Autumn 2023 season.
This fixed term position would suit an early to mid-career Director who is keen to support the development of new plays and gain regular experience at the UK’s most prolific producing venue for new work.
Application deadline: Wednesday 5 July 2023 at 11am Interviews: Monday 10 July 2023 Start date: Monday 28 August 2023
Working in collaboration with Stellar Quines Theatre Company, The Marilyn Imrie Fellowships were first launched in 2022, in memory of Marilyn Imrie, a celebrated and theatre director and radio producer whose huge talent and inspiration played an important role within both companies. This residency is A Play, A Pie and A Pint’s celebration of Marilyn.
A regular director with the company, Marilyn contributed over sixteen productions to the PPP canon. Her ‘can do’ spirit, her openness and excitement of bringing artists together to tell a story were infectious. Undeterred by an ambitious idea, and well known for bringing emerging artists along with her for the ride, this fellowship is created in honour of her and the work she created for PPP.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is delighted to host the next Scottish Casting Workshop in Glasgow on Thursday 6 July 2023.
Scottish Casting Workshop (SCW) is a free workshop run by actors for actors. It allows those casting in Scotland to meet actors living in Scotland in greater numbers. Jemima Levick, Artistic Director of PPP, will attend the workshop as well as other directors, producers, and casting directors from across the country.
There will be three sessions throughout the day (10am, 12.45pm and 3.15pm) with 16 spaces available per session.
We had 424 applications for the 48 places on the workshop. Of the applications:
86 applicants self identified as a member of the Global Majority 60 applicants self identified as living with a disability 249 applicants self identified as working class 135 applicants self identified as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community
All applicants will be emailed a Yes/No decision by Thursday 22 June at 5pm. If you have not heard anything by Friday 23 June then please email email@example.com.