Artistic directors April Chamberlain and Morag Fullarton are delighted to present more favourite plays from PPP’s back catalogue as well as bringing you 5 thrilling world premieres.
The season launches with a sparkling new musical ‘Crocodile Rock’ from the writer of the superb ‘Spuds’ (***** – The Herald) followed by a wonderfully varied programme of dramas, true stories, musicals and black comedies from a truly fantastic line up of writers (including award winning, Broadway veterans Marie Jones and David Harrower).
The plays explore such varied topics as the sweet revenge of a woman scorned, a darkly comic tale of teenage angst, and the Tay Bridge disaster from the unique perspective of the signalman. We look at fascinating stories of real life figures: renowned psychiatrist RD Laing, Mary McGowan of the Clyde V Stompers and the epic rise and fall of a champion cyclist Marco Pantani.
We revisit two more 5 star musicals: a gloriously bawdy Carmen set in Glasgow’s east end, and take you backstage in 1920’s Berlin as a world famous play begins to take shape.
As the Herald says... “What’s not to enjoy?”
And to fill those freezing December days with fun we end the season with the Òran Mór 2019 Christmas panto – ‘Dixie Whittington – the Hamecoming’.
Tickets for the full Autumn programme are now on sale from TicketWeb
August 26th – 31st: Crocodile Rock by Andy McGregor
It’s 1997 and Steven McPhail is bored. Millport was alright - but he’s 17 now and it’s time to work out what to do with his life, but there’s only so much one can do when you’re stuck on a Scottish island. Everything changes when a chance encounter with an outrageous drag queen shows Steven a world he never knew existed.
By the same team that brought you Spuds, this is a one-man musical about coming of age, coming out and discovering who you really are.
September 2nd – 7th: From Paisley to Paolo by Martin McCardie
Its 2006, Jack is 19 and was born on the same day, in the same hour, in the same hospital as Paolo Nutini. He goes to T in the Park in a stolen hearse with his two best friends Jack and Mavis, and promises that his best pal Paolo will be there to meet them. Nothing will be the same again.
September 9th – 14th: Number One Fan by Kim Millar
Jan McArthur is raging. Her husband just left her for a silicone-enhanced woman 20 years her junior. She's lost her job. Her cat just died. And to cap it all, the menopause is on the rampage, leaving her a hot flashing mess. When Jan reads Jack Bonham’s women hating column, he becomes the embodiment of everything that is wrong in her life. Jan sets out for revenge, and decides to kidnap Bonham until he writes a column in praise of the Older Woman... Before long it becomes clear that the strutting misogynist of his column is nothing more than a fiction... but now Jan’s got Glasgow’s top broadsheet columnist chained to her kitchen radiator... where does she go from here?
September 16th – 21st: Mack The Knife by Morag Fullarton
Berlin, the late 1920’s… a time of decadence, despair and joie de vivre. A young Jewish composer, Kurt Weill, meets his muse , singer Lotte Lenya and falls in love. He collaborates with playwright Bertholt Brecht on what they both consider a ‘bit of a potboiler’, but the rehearsals are fraught with disaster and the production destined to fail. A creative row triggers the last minute inclusion of a hurriedly composed song and the show becomes a resounding success. As ‘Threepenny Opera’ delights audiences across Europe, a new barbarism is erupting which will force the city’s thriving artistic community to scatter and change everyone’s lives forever.
September 23rd – 28th: The Signalman by Peter Arnott
Winter 1919. Thomas Barclay is transported back in time by his memories of the night when he was the Signalman who sent the Edinburgh/Burntisland train onto the Tay Rail Bridge 40 years before. Who is responsible when accidents occur? Why is there a difference between what we feel and what we know? Why do we need somebody to blame…even if it’s ourselves?
September 30th – October 5th: Fly Me to the Moon by Marie Jones
He never won any more than a couple a quid, but that was his life…all he had…his paper, the horses, memories of singing along with Frank Sinatra and a life of misery.. he was better off dead in my opinion.
Francis and Loretta are broke community care workers. Davy, one of their charges, has had a win on the horses and the women grapple with their conscience. Marie Jones’ black comedy investigates whether we are valued more in life or in death.
October 7th – 12th: The Sweetest Growl by Claire Nicol
In the 1950’s, Gorbals-born Mary McGowan was the sensational singer with cult Scottish jazz band The Clyde Valley Stompers and was reckoned by Louis Armstrong to have one of the best voices in the business, even headlining The Cavern Club the night The Beatles made their debut! However, at the height of her fame, The Girl with the Sweetest Growl gave it all up to become a Glasgow housewife. But did she have any regrets? And what prompted her return in middle-age for a triumphant reunion concert in her beloved native city?
October 14th – 19th: Divided by Ian Pattison
Born in Glasgow in 1927, RD Laing was the most famous psychiatrist of his time.
Laing’s work redefined the relationship between patient and doctor. His book ‘The Divided Self’ enhanced his reputation and brought him celebrity status. Laing believed the family to be a potentially destructive force on the individual. He once said ‘We are effectively destroying ourselves with violence masquerading as love.’ ‘Divided’ focuses on a pivotal moment in Laing’s own, often troubled, family life.
October 21st – 26th: A Walk in the Park by Dave Anderson
"Nobody said it was going to be A WALK IN THE PARK, but that's what it is." - was the full title of this show, but the Producer's common sense(?) prevailed...
We find a guy, late at night, in his garret, grappling with his computer and indeed the 21st Century.
He resolves to write a letter... In the morning. He's distracted by a fox...
In the morning, he takes a walk in the park, where he encounters a squirrel, a Wee Girl on a swing, an empty bottle, a bridge, a heron, amongst other things...
This show has been described as "Oran Mor's first foray into Magical Realism", and "a picaresque wander along the edge of the modern world". It opened at a Play, a Pie, and a Pint before touring to Dublin and around Scotland. Dave Anderson is delighted it's making a return - it's one of his favourites, too...
October 28th – Nov 2nd: Marco Pantani: The Pirate by Stuart Hepburn
In 1998, Italian cyclist Marco Pantani won both the Giro D’Italia and the Tour De France. He was on top of the world.
By February 2004, he had died alone in a squalid drug-ridden hotel room in Rimini.
Pantani’s rise and fall is a story of epic proportions.
The Pirate tells of a modern Prometheus, a man destroyed by the very forces that propelled him to reach the summit of human endeavour, before sending him crashing to the rocks below.
November 4th – 9th: Good With People by David Harrower
Evan returns to Helensburgh, West Scotland, home to the nation's nuclear defence program and once a thriving holiday resort. A place he's been trying to avoid. Haunted by his past and afraid of his future, he finds Helen working at the Seaview Hotel. GOOD WITH PEOPLE is a haunting two-hander tracing one town's path of personal and political destruction.
November 11th – 16th: Do Not Press This Button by Alan Bissett
Marie and Ben, fellow commuters, fall into friendly conversation on a train, but things turn comical and then dark as Ben realises far too late that Marie is playing a psychological game with him. Enter Terry, an unsuspecting stranger, full of swagger, who is about to find himself caught up in their game and way out of his depth.
November 18th – 23rd: Cranhill Carmen by Benny Young
Glasgow. Mid 1950s.
The story of Carmen McGurn, a tobacco factory worker. She meets two men late at night on her way home from a bender - a young idealistic policeman from the Islands and a Glasgow matador. Who will she choose and who will destroy her?
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