A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is delighted to announce the cast of Leopards Ate My Face, a new comedy by Outlander star Grant O’Rourke about the dangers of letting your paranoia take the wheel.
This production marks our second time co-presenting with Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival after the well-received The Infernal Serpent by Dave Gerow as part of our Spring 2022 season.
River City star Claire Dargo, Paul McCole (Orphans, Welcome to Bannockburn) and NClan Arts graduate Caroline McKeown make up the talented cast for this hilarious comedy.
Actress Jo Freer, who has performed at A Play, A Pie and A Pint four times including last season’s Made in China, will be making her directorial debut with this new play.
Leopards Ate My Face will debut at Òran Mór, Glasgow from 15 – 20 May 2023 before performing as part of the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival from 22-27 May 2023 at Theatre Royal Dumfries, Stanraer Millennium Centre and Old Well Theatre.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is excited to reveal the cast of Quietus, the final instalment in Matthew McVarish’s ‘Life and Death’ trilogy of plays.
Co-presented with Ayr Gaiety, this new production centres on Donald, a man living on the spectrum with a crippling fear of the outside world, who gets assigned a carer determined to help him despite Donald not wanting to help himself.
Andrew Agnew, best known for his television roles as Walter in Scot Squad and the beloved PC Plum in BAFTA award-winning Balamory, will play Donald alongside Ruairidh Forde, Community Associate Director at Showworks Theatre, as his carer.
Maggie Kinloch will direct Quietus after leading the previous plays in the trilogy; Remember You are Beauty Full and Kind Stranger for A Play, A Pie and A Pint.
Quietus will debut at Òran Mór, Glasgow from 8 – 13 May 2023 before moving to Ayr Gaiety from 25-27 May 2023. Tickets are available to book now through Box Office on 0141 357 6200 or online.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is delighted to announce the cast of Davina & Goliath by David Bailie and Dave Anderson, a new comedy-drama about a woman who is in jail after protesting again Faslane’s nuclear weapons plant.
This new play stars Elaine Mackenzie Ellis as the titular Davina alongside Tom McGovern and Helen McAlpine in supporting roles.
See Davina & Goliath as part of our Spring 2023 season at Òran Mór, Glasgow from Mon 1 – Sat 6 May 2023. Tickets are available to book now through Box Office on 0141 357 6200 or online.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is delighted to announce that its acclaimed musical SCOTS will be performing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Made in Scotland showcase.
Following its sell-out run at Òran Mór and upcoming concert performance at 54 Below in New York, SCOTS will return to home soil and perform for two weeks only from Monday 14 to Sunday 27 August 2023 at the iconic Ghillie Dhu. Audiences will get the classic PPP experience with all tickets including hot food and a drink, making it a unique and fantastic value-option for festival-goers this August.
Written and composed by award-winning duo Noisemaker (Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie), SCOTS retells the true(ish) history of Scotland through the perspective of its greatest invention and storyteller – The Toilet – in an hour-long irreverent and rousing musical journey full of incredible original songs.
The show will be directed again by Jemima Levick, Artistic Director at A Play, A Pie and A Pint, with all eight cast members from its Òran Mór run returning to perform; Richard Conlon, Tyler Collins, Lauren Ellis-Steele and Grant McIntyre star alongside Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students Sebastian Lim-Seet, Star Penders, Yana Harris and Mackenzie Wilcox.
SCOTS is about our history, our people, our culture and one very special toilet. It’s a celebration of Scotland, as much as it is a dissection, and we’re thrilled to share it, along with our wonderful cast and team, with the brilliant, eclectic and international audiences of the Fringe! – Noisemaker’s Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie
I’m so excited to be presenting SCOTS as part of the 2023 Fringe. At A Play, A Pie and A Pint, we always strive to further the reach of our work. While we have a network of wonderful co-presenters across Scotland, the Fringe offers an opportunity to connect with venues and stages from the rest of the UK and internationally, which is a fantastic prospect. – Jemima Levick, Artistic Director at A Play, A Pie and A Pint
Tickets for SCOTS at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 will go on sale in the near future. More information on how to book will be shared on our website and on our social media pages.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is delighted to announce the cast of Faye’s Red Lines by Ian Pattison (Rab C Nesbitt) about a woman who has an unexpected revelation that triggers her buried past and forces her to take stock of her solitary life.
Directed by Liz Carruthers, this new play stars Gail Watson (Gillian Gibson in BBC’s River City)as the titular character alongside Sam Stopford, previously seen in Sally and Alföld during our Autumn 2022 season.
See Faye’s Red Lines as part of our Spring 2023 season at Òran Mór, Glasgow from Mon 24 – Sat 29 April 2023. Tickets are available to book now through Box Office on 0141 357 6200 or online.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is delighted to announce the cast of Welcome to Bannockburn by Lesley Hart, co-presented with Macrobert Arts Centre, about a father and daughter stuck working together at a five-star historical attraction in Stirling.
Directed by Julie Ellen (Artistic Director at Macrobert Arts Centre), this new play stars Madeline Grieve and Paul McCole as the daughter and father respectively alongside Nicola Jo Cully in a comedy-drama about shared history, public shaming and the sh*t women face in the workplace.
See Welcome to Bannockburn, part of our Spring 2023 season, at Òran Mór, Glasgow (17 – 24 April 2023) and for the first time at Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling (18-22 April 2023).
A Play, A Pie and A Pint will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year and to mark this milestone, we want to publish a book with 20 plays from our last twenty years in one lovely collection.
To make this a reality, we have launched a Crowdfunder campaign to raise £3000 to help us with all the costs involved. For anyone who donates, there are some fantastic rewards including…
A signed copy of the book
A lovely ‘A Play, A Pie and A Pint’ hamper with the book, a scrumptious pie and a craft beer
An opportunity to meet the cast at rehearsals
Our project is part of the 2023 Creative Scotland Crowdmatch competition who will match individual pledges up to £10,000. So if you donate £20, your donation will be matched with a £20 pledge from Creative Scotland, effectively doubling your donation.
We would be very grateful if you are in a position to support us, or if you are able to share the word to help us achieve our goal!
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is thrilled to announce that Noisemaker’s acclaimed musical SCOTS is off to New York this April as part of the city’s iconic Tartan Week; an annual celebration and gathering of Scottish business, enterprise and culture.
The rousing musical, playfully retelling the history of Scotland on stage, is invited to perform a selection of songs at the Tartan Week Supper Club on Thursday 13 April, an annual event presented by the American Scottish Foundation.
Following that, the cast will be doing a concert performance at the prestigious Tony award-winning cabaret venue 54 Belowon Sunday 16 April. This special performance will be directed by PPP’s Artistic Director Jemima Levick, produced by Brannon Bowers with music direction by Luke Williams.
The 2023 cast of SCOTS sees seven of the eight original members return from its debut run last year as part of PPP’s Spring 2022 season. Richard Conlon, Tyler Collins, Lauren Ellis-Steele and Grant McIntyre will be joined by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students Sebastian Lim-Seet, Star Penders, Yana Harris and Mackenzie Wilcox.
Scottish audiences will get the opportunity to see SCOTS in action before it heads to New York, with the sensational musical performing a week-long run at Òran Mór, Glasgow from Monday 3 – Saturday 8 April as part of our Spring 2023 season!
This project has been made possible thanks to support from Creative Scotland.
As writers, it’s a privilege to see work we’ve created and developed in Scotland have an international reach, and we’re thrilled to be bringing this exceptional cast and team to New York. We both can’t wait to share this slightly mad, musical rollercoaster through Scotland’s history with audiences both at home and across the sea. – Noisemaker’s Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie
SCOTS is a show that I’m immensely proud of, made with care and diligence by the small but brilliant Play, A Pie and A Pint team, joined with the unsurpassable talents of Noisemaker. This, for me, is exactly what we’re about; making small but brilliant shows that reach further than Glasgow to see a National and International audience. – Jemima Levick, Artistic Director at A Play, A Pie and A Pint
It’s a wonderful opportunity for our BA Musical Theatre students Yana Harris, Star Penders, Sebastian Lim-Seet and Mackenzie Wilcox to perform in New York as part of Tartan Week celebrations, and at 54 Below, in a production created by RCS alumni. It will be a rich learning experience and an invaluable insight into professional life. – Gemma Bodinetz, Director of Drama, Dance, Production and Film at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Tickets are on sale now for the performances atÒran Mór! Book online or through Box Office on 0141 357 6200, email@example.com or in-person at the venue.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is delighted to announce the cast of The Spark by Kathy McKean, a new play about a woman who develops telekinetic powers after decades of suppressed rage that shows the ways a woman can and cannot remake her life and her world.
Directed by Gordon Barr (Artistic Director at Bard in the Botanics), The Spark reunites the team behind Medea, Bard in the Botanic’s acclaimed version of the Greek tragedy that won Best Production and Best Female Performance at the CATS Awards 2022.
This new play will star Medea’s Nicole Cooper, who most recently played Lady Macbeth in Zinnie Harris’s acclaimed Macbeth (an undoing) at The Lyceum, and Johnny Panchaud. They will be joined by Beth Marshall who returns to PPP after playing scientist Mary Somerville in Mary & Ada Set The World to Rights.
The Spark will debut at Òran Mór, Glasgow(27 March – 1 April 2023) before performing at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (4 – 8 April 2023).
Aodhan Gallagher has written a blog about their inspirations and experience of writing this new comedy-drama centred around two gay men from very different generations.
“I am not a gay writer. I am a writer who happens to be gay” – Edward Albee
I remember coming across this quote in an article when I was at university, not long after I had “come out” (whatever that really means). I didn’t understand the difference between a gay writer and a writer who happens to be gay. It irrationally frustrated me at a time when I was so hungry to consume work by authors and artists who were like me, who had lived through the same struggles to be who they are.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realised we actually don’t have the same struggles at all. In fact, my queer elders and ancestors were dealt a very different set of cards from what my generation have been dealt, particularly those who lived through the AIDS epidemic. Although, the incessant attacks on transgender people currently proves that weaponised hate/propaganda really does come full circle.
So, the more I sat with the quote, the more I started to understand what Albee really meant. By a gay writer, he means a writer who is gay and also writes about “gay things.” He was well within his right to identify or not identify in any way he pleased, regardless of what his peers or successors thought about it.
Why should a minority artist feel any responsibility to represent anything other than the stories in their head, regardless of who they are about? If one politicises or essentially brands their own identity, does that mean they never really had much of an identity to begin with? Why do queer people my age, who did not live through a traumatising epidemic, feel they can police or, dare I say, censor those who did?
From these questions, Write-off was born and it aged into a play that was really my attempt to understand the biases and resentment that some older gay people, particularly gay men, have for queer people my age. It’s easy to assume that anyone who shares a facet of your identity also believes the same things as you, but I have encountered many gay people who are more conservative in their thinking. I don’t understand that, but if I did understand it, I wouldn’t have to write a play about it.
When you’re young, you’re constantly being told by older people how much easier you have it, which I agree with, but also disagree with. Within this contradiction, came the conflict for the play I wanted to write. In Write-off, we see an older gay man named Freddie (played by Richard Conlon), whom like Albee, is a gay man but refuses to be labelled as a gay writer. The work Freddie makes is controversial (think Bret Easton Ellis or Chuck Palahniuk) and after a lot of public criticism, he is forced to bring on a young assistant and an ambitious creative writing student called Ben (played by Bailey Newsome), who performs the role of a sensitivity reader for Freddie’s next novel.
An easy play to write would be that the conservative and “problematic” character is the bad guy, and the “progressive” character is the good guy. As you will see if you come along to watch it, I did not go for the easy option. In fact, if anything, I have more sympathy for Freddie than Ben, which admittedly wasn’t the case when I first started working on it. There are moments in the play that make me uncomfortable, but I keep having to remind myself that I am not representing all gay men or all people of a certain generation. I’m only representing these two specific and deeply flawed characters I have created.
As much as I have been banging on about “gay, gay, gay, queer, queer, queer,” I really do think that at its heart, this is a story about the clashes and intersections of two different generations. When Write-off was read and performed at Dundee Rep’s Stripped new work festival, it warmed my heart to see that people from all walks of life found something they could relate to, which is something I aspire to achieve with anything that I write.
Maybe I am a queer writer, maybe I am a writer who happens to be queer. I don’t really know. But if there’s one thing I have discovered while writing Write-off, it’s that our identities are intrinsically ours. We don’t owe any of it to anyone but ourselves.
This is my first professionally produced play and while it sounds pretty heavy, the team and I have found so much enjoyment and humour in it. I hope you will feel the same way. If not, at least you’re getting a pie and a pint out of it!
Write-off is performing Mon 13 – Sat 18 March at Òran Mór, Glasgow.
Tickets are available to buy via Box Office on 0141 357 6200, firstname.lastname@example.org or online here.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is delighted to announce the cast of Variant, the 50th professionally produced play by Peter Arnott who returns to Òran Mór after The Signalman, winner of Best Production at the 2020 CATS awards.
Directed by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir (Sandcastles, hang), this new play stars MeghanTyler (Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort Of), Crocodile Fever) and Simon Donaldson (Underwood Lane, The Lost King) as a woman and man on stage with ‘something’ going on between them that keeps the audience guessing throughout.
Variant, the fifth show of PPP’s Spring 2023 ‘Fresh Perspectives’ season, will debut at Òran Mór, Glasgow(20-25 March 2023) before performing at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (28 March – 1 April 2023).
We’re delighted to announce the cast of our new comedy-drama Write-Off, co-presented with Traverse Theatre, in association with Dundee Rep.
This witty show exploring the conflicting beliefs of two equally stubborn gay men from diffrerent generations stars Richard Conlon (My Left Right Foot, Spuds, The Whip Hand) and Bailey Newsome (1902, Oor Wullie: The Musical).
Written by Aodhan Gallagher and directed by Irene Macdougall, see Write-Off at Òran Mór, Glasgow (13 – 18 March) and at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (21 – 25 March).
Áine King, winner of our David MacLennan Award, describes her experience writing this dark comedy and about the award process:
“So, what’s your play about?” someone asks…
And I know if I say the Climate Crisis, their eyes will glaze over…
I almost didn’t write Burning Bright. I was working on something else entirely when Ash, Mo and Alex moved into my head and refused to leave. They kept distracting me and interrupting my work, following me into the bathroom, nagging me from the back seat of the car.
They wouldn’t let me sleep. I realised they’d give me no peace until I let them speak. So, I sat down to write what I though would be a few rough notes…and these long drama-stories streamed down the screen, page after page.
I almost didn’t enter the David MacLennan Award. The deadline was just a week or so away and I was still shuffling the pieces of my first draft. I was cross-cutting and inter-weaving the three voices, keeping track of who-speaks-when with half a hundred coloured post-it notes on my desk. This worked really well until someone opened the door and an Orkney breeze came in at 50mph and rearranged everything for me.
I almost didn’t finish it in time. Mostly, I write about real people and events, but there were things here I knew nothing about. I’m very grateful to friends who helped with last-minute, emergency research, especially my friends of Indian heritage who helped me develop a childhood memory into a more complex story for Ash. There was a very rushed Zoom call about filming news broadcasts in extreme heat with a very patient filmmaker friend, and I probably still need to apologise for buttonholing an Orkney ferry crew friend in a bar, demanding he “Name ten objects on the deck of a small ship – in the Arctic!”
My R&D day at A Play, A Pie and A Pint was such a treat. Lots of writers send lots of scripts to lots of places all the time. Mostly, you never hear another word….or you get a ‘Sadly, on this occasion…’ email so many months later that you’ve forgotten what you submitted….or there’s some feedback, which can often be helpful, even when it totally contradicts feedback offered by the previous rejection.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint’s provision of R&D for the three award finalists is smart and generous. Hearing a play brought to life by actors is always exciting. When it’s your play, and the people you imagined in your head are coming to life up off the page in the room around you, it leaves you breathless.
Burning Bright is my third ‘proper’ play, my first stage play to get past long-lists, short-lists, table-reads, Zooms or Fringe shows. It feels odd being an ‘emerging’ or ‘early career’ playwright over fifty. I had a couple of other careers before this one, mainly because this one wasn’t on my school’s list of approved careers for working class girls with four O levels when I was emerging the first time round.
The David MacLennan Award is very special because it carries on the values he strove for. Curated by those who knew and loved him, it helps find new plays and new writers regardless of where they emerge from. I’m incredibly chuffed that Burning Bright is now part of that story. I can’t wait to see what Roxana Haines does with it on stage.
In a way, when Mo, Ash and Alex came barging into my head, demanding attention, stopping me from sleeping….they were doing what the Climate Crisis should be doing to us all. I wanted to put this emergency on stage -urgently, but without getting preachy or sanctimonious. We’re all simultaneously overwhelmed and bored by this disaster. We know it’s the most important thing but all our other human-emergencies keep getting in the way. Like Mo, Ash and Alex, we’re all distracted dealing with love and loss, jobs, money, a rubber dinghy, an urn full of ashes and a tiger…
“So, what is the play about, then?”
“A tiger. It’s about a tiger trying to get through someone’s front door.”
“Wow….A tiger? On stage?”
“Yup. Sort of. Come see!”
Burning Bright is performing Mon 27 Feb – Sat 4 March at Òran Mór, Glasgow.
Tickets are available to buy via Box Office on 0141 357 6200, email@example.com or online here.
Writer and David MacLennan Award winner
We’re delighted to announce the cast of our new mini-musical The Worm Who Turned, co-presented with Aberdeen Performing Arts and Ayr Gaiety.
This show about marrows, mayhem and murder will star George Drennan (Dracula Revamped), Helen Logan (The Golden Rage, Jack and The Beanstalk) and Clare Waugh (Karen Pirie, River City).
Written by Kim Millar, directed by April Chamberlain with music and lyrics by Andy McGregor, see The Worm Who Turned at Òran Mór, Glasgow (6-11 March) and on tour at The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (14-18 March) and Ayr Gaiety (23-25 March).
We’re very excited to reveal the cast of Until It’s Gone, the first show of our Spring 2023 season!
This new dark comic-drama stars Sean Connor, best known for playing series regular Dylan Christie in River City, and Billy Mack who returns to PPP after The Scurvy Ridden Whale Men and Divided in 2019.
Written by Alison Carr and directed by Caitlin Skinner, this new play in association with Stellar Quines, explores what a world without women means for the men left behind.
“There is so much humanity in Alison’s play, and Sean and Billy are going to be just brilliant at bringing that out. They both embody all the comedy and heart that we need and I can’t wait to explore it with them.
It’s exciting and quite refreshing to be exploring such feminist themes with an all-male cast but I know these two are up for the challenge.” Caitlin Skinner, Artistic Director and CEO of Stellar Quines
Until It’s Gone will debut at Òran Mór, Glasgow (20-25 February) before performing at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (28 February – 4 March).
We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join our small but dedicated team at A Play, A Pie and A Pint.
The role would suit a new graduate or early career Producer who is keen to support the development of more than 30 plays per year and get unparalleled hands-on experience at the UK’s most prolific producing venue for new work.
This is a full time fixed term contract for 1.5 years (or 18 months to be reviewed thereafter) at a rate of £23,000 per annum.
Application deadline: 10.30am on Monday 23rd January 2023.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) is delighted to announce its Spring 2023 season of 19 productions themed around Fresh Perspectives.
Lunchtime theatregoers will be able to see PPP in action all across Scotland in this season co-presented with Traverse Theatre, Aberdeen Performing Arts, Ayr Gaiety, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, Mull Theatre and for the very first time, Macrobert Arts Centre and Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
PPP’s ‘Fresh Perspectives’ season of plays kicks off at Òran Mór on Monday 20 February with Alison Carr’s new dark comic drama Until It’s Gone, in association with Stellar Quines, which explores what a world without women means for the men left behind.
Several shows this season will offer up playful perspectives on history. Johnny McKnight’s new raucous musical Meet Me at The Knob is loosely inspired by the real-life story of Glasgow’s White Hats with songs by Novasound; Rachel Flynn’s new comedy Keepin’ The Heidfeatures a bawdy Mary Queen of Scots and Lesley Hart’s Welcome to Bannockburn sees a father and daughter working together at Stirling’s finest five-star historical tour. After a sell-out run in 2022, SCOTS by Noisemaker makes a triumphant return to PPP and will again take audiences on a rousing musical journey through the history of Scotland.
Also this season, Uma Nada-Rajah will take us on a dark comedic romp in The Great Replacement; Meghan Tyler’s Bloodbank examines power play dynamics between a Tory MP and an NHS Nurse having a risqué arrangement; Matthew McVarish brings us Quietus, the final play in his ‘Life or Death’ trilogy, and Oliver Emanuel’s new comedy-drama Storytelling showcases how the power of stories can help us overcome the darkest moments in life.
Marrows, mayhem and murder are the name of the game in mini musical The Worm Who Turned by Kim Millar; Linda Duncan McLaughlin shows us why Scottish ‘wimmin’ should not be messed with in The Merry Wives of The Wyndford, an all-Glasgow update of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy, and JD Stewart demonstrates bubbly delicious consequences in The Devil Drinks Cava, a new comedy-drama in association with Sanctuary Queer Arts.
PPP is proud to professionally produce work by early career writers and we’re delighted that our David MacLennan Award winner Áine King will debut her powerful climate crisis themed drama Burning Bright. Other plays by first-time PPP writers include Kathy McKean’s The Sparkabout a woman who develops telekinetic powers, Grant O’Rourke’s paranoia-driven comedy Leopards Ate My Face and Aodhan Gallagher’s new comedy-drama Write-off, in association with Dundee Rep, about two gay men from very different generations with conflicting beliefs and biases.
This season will also feature brilliant new plays from acclaimed writers Ian Pattison, Dave Anderson & David Bailey and Peter Arnott, who returns to PPP after 2019’s award-winning The Signalman with his 50th professionally produced play Variant. Morna Young’s joyous musical journey BABS returns from the Autumn season with performances at The Lemon Tree and The Traverse Theatre.
I am thrilled that PPP will be back in Spring 2023 with our Fresh Perspectives season. We live in a time where peoples’ perspectives and opinions are increasingly polarised, so this season we invite audiences to come see new work that encourages them to perceive the world around them in fresh and exciting ways. Jemima Levick, Artistic Director
Tickets are on sale now for all the performances at Òran Mór and can be purchased through their new Box Office (Mon – Sat, 11am to 5pm).
We are delighted to reveal the finalists of this year’s David MacLennan Award 2022.
The final shortlisted plays are Not Much Here on The Way To Heaven by Ellen Bannerman, Witches by Fiona Barry and Burning Bright by Áine King.
The three Scottish based writers will join us for a day each of R&D on their plays with a professional director and a group of actors. From this, a final winner will be decided in mid-December and will have their play professionally produced as part of our Spring 2023 season.
It was a tremendously difficult process narrowing down the 50-play longlist, our team and readers were very impressed by the breadth of talent shown. Every writer on the longlist will receive individual feedback to help them develop their writing further.
We were genuinely delighted by the brilliance of the submissions made to the award. If anyone was ever concerned about new writing thriving in Scotland, they can put those thoughts to bed – we’re in safe hands. Jemima Levick, Artistic Director
We are very excited to work with the three finalists on their incredible plays and look forward to unveiling the winner by the end of the year!
With Òran Mór‘s announcement today, A Play, a Pie and a Pint are delighted to confirm to our audience & partners that with the Scotsman Group investment in Skerryvore Ltd, (the company which owns and operates Òran Mór in Glasgow’s West End) future production of our internationally award winning plays presented in Òran Mór’s theatre, are further secured through that positive impacted relationship.
A Play, a Pie and a Pint was founded 18 years ago by Colin Beattie and David MacLennan. Now under the assured creative leadership of Jemima Levick our Artistic Director & CEO, we are happy to confirm that Colin will continue his relationship with A Play, a Pie and a Pint, working alongside the business as Chairman of Skerryvore Ltd going forward.
Scotsman Group are no strangers to operating in the West End with Hillhead Bookclub, the Grosvenor Cinema & Cafe and The Bothy in Ruthven Lane, and as a team we are very much looking forward to working together in the continued operation of this historic venue.
Hollywood’s Golden Age, Baba Yaga, and Ukraine’s premier playwright feature in a globe-trotting season that will tell tales from across the world, as the finalists of The David MacLennan Award are announced.
From Hungary to China, through Pakistan and France, before visiting the Golden Age of Hollywood and the far-flung reaches of the Siberian wilderness – this Autumn, A Play, A Pie and A Pint is travelling the world, with tickets now on sale! What’s more, PPP’s upcoming Autumn Season will feature a broadcast from Palestine as well as the Scottish premiere of He Who Opens the Doorby Neda Nezhdana – Ukraine’s leading playwright, currently in exile in the country’s West. Across 12 pieces of new writing, PPP will throw open its doors to the world in a season co-presented with The Citizens Theatre, The Traverse, Aberdeen Performing Arts and Ayr Gaiety.
PPP’s Autumn Season kicks off on September 5th 2022 with Sally. Written by the critically-acclaimed James Ley (Wilf, Love Song to Lavender Menace), Sallyimagines a world where one actor’s soaring success as Sally Bowles is inextricably tied to the rise of 21st century, far-right populism…
Meanwhile, Morna Pearson (Darklands, How to Disappear)adapts Molière and celebrates 400 years since his birth in the farcical, madcap Impromptu at Oran Mor; Johnny McKnight (101 Dalmatians, Rubble) shines a feminist light on the feud between Golden Age gossip columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons in The Golden Rage; Hilary Brooks (Sunshine On Leith, Glasgow Girls) and Clive King (Wee Free! The Musical) explore the midnight world of the remarkable and inimitable Kiki of Montparnasse in Kiki; Dave Gerow (The Infernal Serpent, A Change in Management) fuses the trials and tribulations of the 21st century gig economy with Meet the Parents inBreak My Windows; and in The Prognostications of Mikey Noyce, Frances Poet (Fibres, Maggie May) invites us into a world where one hapless man’s premonitions may be the only thing standing between Britain and total ruin.
Elsewhere in the programme, Morna Young (The Stamping Ground, Aye, Elvis) debuts BABS, a tale of friendship, self-discovery, and Baba Yaga’s post-hag career; and Joe McCann (The Bookies) examines misogyny, politics and racism through the lens of an interracial couple living in Orbán’s Hungary in the dark comedy Alföld, a co-presentation with The Citz. Alice Clark (BBC Scottish Voice 2022) draws heart-warming parallels between two women, worlds apart in Scotland and China in Made in China, which seeks to lift the lid on the West’s material and capital dependency on the East; and Taqi Nazeer (Scotistan, Ghost Light) brings us a supernatural horror story rooted in South Asian and Middle Eastern folklore with Jinnistan – spookily opening on Hallowe’en itself!
PPP is proud to platform global writers whose countries face invasion and occupation. This season will see the Scottish premiere of He Who Opens the Door by Neda Nezhdana, one of Ukraine’s leading contemporary playwrights. Translated by John Farndon, this black comedy, in which two Ukrainian women awake in a morgue – neither dead nor alive – reflects the limbo for many in Ukraine, caught between opposing forces. Additionally, Joe Douglas (Educating Ronnie, The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black Oil) teams up with Palestinian performer Faisal Abu Alhayjaa (Showtime from the Frontline) in The Peace Piece: LIVE from Oran Mor!, which addresses the century of volatile events since the Balfour Declaration and will feature a broadcast from Palestine.
Finally, PPP’s annual search for the Next Big Thing in Scottish playwrighting reaches its endgame: in October, the three finalists from The David MacLennan Award will be announced. The Award aims to uncover new writing talent by providing first-time writers with the opportunity to have their work professionally produced, before being presented on stage at A Play, A Pie and A Pint. Earlier this year, the team at A Play, A Pie and A Pint saw over 130 submissions. Full details regarding the Award can be found HERE.
Earlier this year, we told incredible stories from all over Scotland. This Autumn, we are telling stories from across the globe! Now more than ever, as borders rise and isolationism takes hold, it feels important to tell stories from all walks of life, all over the world – from women in Ukraine to a factory worker in China, by way of a 350-year-old French farce and a live broadcast from Palestine – this season is ambitious, exciting and has something for everyone”
Jemima Levick, Artistic Director
A Play, A Pie and A Pint is seeking a highly motivated, experienced individual to be the organisation’s new Producer.
The successful candidate will work alongside the Artistic Director, producing more than 30 new plays a year – the most new-writing of any theatre in the UK – presenting them at Òran Mór in the West End of Glasgow, and at our partner theatres across Scotland.
Working in a fast-paced environment in a busy arts hub, the Producer will work within a small team of dedicated core staff to deliver a huge output of work. They will have experience of working as a senior Producer with excellent strategic, financial & budget management, exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to multi-task and prioritise effectively.
This unique opportunity will suit someone who can think quickly and strategically, and is passionate about new work and live arts production.
This is a fixed term contract for two years (to be reviewed thereafter) at a rate of £28,500k per year
The hours of work are for 35 hours per week
The nature of the position (i.e. freelance or PAYE) is flexible and will be adapted to the successful candidate’s requirements
Application is by CV (incl. 2 references) and a covering letter of explaining why you’re an appropriate candidate for this post
Please send applications by email only, marked PRODUCER APPLICATION to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for applications is 10.30am on Monday 15th August 2022
Interviews will be held on Saturday 20th August 2022
The start date will be discussed with candidates at interview. We will be flexible with our approach to the start date. Please indicate when you would be able to start from in your application
A Play, A Pie and A Pint is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced individual to be the organisation’s new Communications Officer.
The successful candidate will work alongside the Producer and Artistic Team, leading on the development and delivery of an effective marketing strategy for the organisation, as well as the promotion of more than 30 new plays a year at Òran Mór in the West End of Glasgow.
Working in a fast-paced environment in a busy arts hub, the Communications Officer will work within a small team of dedicated core staff to deliver a huge output of work. They will have experience of working in comms, preferably within an arts setting, with an eye for new and exciting trends within marketing.
This professional opportunity will suit someone who can think creatively and strategically, and is passionate about reaching new audiences and nurturing existing ones.
The deadline for applications is 10.30am on Monday 15th August 2022
Interviews will be held on Thursday 18th August 2022
The start date will be discussed with candidates at interview. We hope that the new Communications Officer will join us for our upcoming Autumn Season. Please indicate when you would be able to start from in your application