Pushin’ Thirty

By Taylor Dyson and Calum Kelly

Mon, 11 March, 2024 — Sat, 16 March, 2024

Please note this play ended on Sat, 16 March, 2024.

Directed by Beth Morton | Cast - Taylor Dyson, Sam James Smith

Pushin’ Thirty

A new comedy about two former best friends in Dundee who are reunited after a chance encounter, with original songs by Dundee-based company Elfie Picket.

Scott and Eilidh had huge dreams when they won their high school talent show with an original song. Now, they’re both approaching thirty, neither of their lives are going anywhere, and they haven’t spoken to each other in over ten years.

Scott finds himself on a bus back to his hometown of Dundee after the whole London thing fell apart where he finds Eilidh serving pies in the local bakery. He sees an opportunity to rescue Eilidh and get the band back together for one last shot at “making it”.

Only it’s not Eilidh that needs saving…

Co-presented with Traverse Theatre and Ayr Gaiety.

Captioned Performances will be on Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th March. Find out more here. 


Creative Team

Writers – Taylor Dyson and Calum Kelly
Director – Beth Morton
Designer – Gemma Patchett
Assistant Director – Katie Slater

TAYLOR DYSON is a performer and playwright from Dundee. She co-runs Dundee-based theatre company, Elfie Picket Theatre with her partner. Taylor is passionate about representing working-class women in her writing and Scots language. She recently performed her one-woman show Ane City at Dundee Rep and toured her play Dolly Parton Saved My Life around Dundee, Fife and East Renfrewshire community centres.

CALUM KELLY is a playwright and director based in Dundee. He is one half of Theatre Company Elfie Picket who create radical work with a focus on local storytelling.

BETH MORTON is a director, theatre-maker and dramaturg. Beth was previously Associate Director at An Tobar & Mull Theatre and interim Artistic Director of Mull Theatre 2020/21. Her work includes Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast (Beacon Arts Centre); the critically acclaimed digital theatre season of new plays Strange Rocks & Undocumented, and animation series Braw Tales (Mull Theatre), as well as short film Cailleach (Mull Theatre/ Sonder Circus). Highlighted among her other works are Babs, The Infernal Serpent, Turns of the Tide and For The Love of Chekov (A Play, A Pie and A Pint); The Domestic (NTS - Scenes for Survival/ BBC); Where The Crow Flies (In Motion); and the critically acclaimed reimagined After The Cuts (Raw Material). She was associate director on Eric The Elf’s Chaotic Christmas (MacRobert Arts Centre); Glasgow Girls (Raw Material/Pachamama); and Janis Joplin: Full Tilt (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and has worked notably with the Tron Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Manchester Royal Exchange, and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Please note this play ended on Sat, 16 March, 2024.
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