Keepin’ The Heid

By Rachel Flynn

Mon, 26 June, 2023 — Sat, 01 July, 2023

Please note this play ended on Sat, 01 July, 2023.

Directed by Ryan Dewar | Cast - Sally Reid, Fiona Wood

Keepin’ The Heid

Rachel Flynn’s new comedy sees cynical millennial Beth magicked into a bawdy and opinionated Mary Queen of Scots bedroom on the eve of her execution as they both try “Keepin’ The Heid.”

Feeling lost and hopeless, Beth is Dorothy Gayle-d from a guided tour in 2023 to Mary Queen of Scot’s bedroom on the eve of her execution in 1567.

But this Mary is not like the history books and endless theatrical depictions. The bawdy Queen bickers with an unimpressed Beth about men, monarchy and Marie Kondo.

As the night draws in and Mary’s execution looms, both women are faced with their mortality. One doesn’t want to die. The other can’t bear living. Only together can they understand that in every end, is a beginning.

Co-presented with An Tobar & Mull Theatre.


Oran Mor, Glasgow: w/c 26th June

Mull Theatre: w/c 3rd July

Creative Team

Writer: Rachel Flynn
Director: Ryan Dewar
Designers: Gemma Patchett and Jonny Scott


RACHEL FLYNN is a writer, actor and producer from Edinburgh. Rachel’s debut play Being Liza received 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019. She went on to gain an MLitt Playwrighting & Screenwriting from St Andrew’s University in 2021 before becoming a Storyliner on River City and writing The Magdalene play on commission for a theatre in Malta. She has written theatre and films for Short Attention Span Theatre, At The Root Theatre, Renfrewshire Leisure and Interabang Productions which she co-founded and co-produces. She is delighted to make her A Play, A Pie and A Pint debut with Keepin’ The Heid'.

RYAN DEWAR is a multi-skilled director creating work for theatre, television, A/V design and 6 feature films, winning international awards for best film and director. Recently directing TV movies; From Paradise with Love, Christmas at the Castle, Deadly Doula and an upcoming romance for US Lifetime channel. In theatre over 50 shows in various capacities including director and AV designer. Notably The Steamie at The SSE Hydro, Confessional and Neither God Nor Angel at PPP, Morag Fullarton’s A Bottle of Wine & Patsy Cline and directing regularly Grant Stott and the late Andy Gray at the Edinburgh Fringe and on tours.

Please note this play ended on Sat, 01 July, 2023.
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