A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Coming all the way from Òran Mór in Glasgow’s west end –

“David MacLennan founded A Play, A Pie and A Pint in 2004, and we have been serving up a slice of lunchtime theatre in Glasgow ever since. Now in our 28th season, we produce 38 new plays a year.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint puts on new plays from Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world at Òran Mór in the West End of Glasgow, by many of Scotland’s best known writers, and supports playwrights, directors and actors at every stage of their career.

We now work with partners across Scotland and UK to present these new works to a wider audience. Our current partners include: Aberdeen Performing Arts; National Theatre of Scotland; Playwrights Studio Scotland; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Sherman Cymru, Cardiff; and Tobacco Factory, Bristol.

So whether you are looking for something to do on your lunch break, socialise with friends or want to check out some original drama, come along for A Play, A Pie and A Pint.”

There is a new lunchtime play every week, running from Mondays to Saturdays at 1pm.

Last week A Play, A Pie and A Pint was showing The Persians, a play by Meghan Tyler, and so after several personal recommendations, the Voice went along with some visiting Arranites to see what A Play, A Pie and A Pint is all about…

“The Ancient Persians: when it came to major decisions they all had to agree when they were pissed, and they all had to agree when they were hideously hungover.”

An online petition to bring back the death penalty is rattling the nation, and the government must respond. A Conservative, a Scottish Nationalist, and a Democratic Unionist meet over tea to discuss…
But what happens when the port is cracked open?

Mary Brennan, writing in the Herald, said, “In a sly echo of that old jokey “an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman went into a pub” format, Meghan Tyler assembles a Conservative, a Democratic Unionist and a Scottish Nationalist behind the closed doors of a Westminster office for an off-the-record discussion on Government policy. An online petition calling for the return of the death penalty is gaining signatures and pukka Tory minister, Ian Wellesley (Liam Brennan), along with the SNP’s Kirstin Thompson (Irene Allan) and the DUP’s Mary Rodgers (played by Tyler herself) are desperately trying to cobble together a cross party response. Where’s Labour? The Welsh? Ah, come on now – we’re in the thick of spoof here, with Tyler setting up political stereotypes like skittles and knocking them down with shout-y insults and some sharp, witty one-liners. The action then hinges on milking the “dram” in this port-soaked drama with the trio reaching agreement (like those Persians) when blotto, and even maintaining unlikely accord when hungover.”

The hour flew by – this was quality writing and acting, and hilarious comedy as well. On the strength of this visit, the Voice would highly recommend these entertaining lunchtime productions in Glasgow! See below for more productions this season.