The ground-breaking combination of contemporary theatre, food and drink is to be introduced to the North-east by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) this autumn in an exciting new co-producing partnership.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint will be staged at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree in conjunction with Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre, the award-winning company behind the novel theatre programme at Oran Mor.
The season will kick off with three new plays this autumn followed by three more in the spring 2014, with each play being performed both at The Lemon Tree and Oran Mor.
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, a PPP ticket will deliver a 50-minute play, a pint of beer (or a glass of wine or soft drink) and pie in the Lemon Tree Lounge at 6pm Tuesday to Friday and 1pm on Saturday for a week in September, October and November.
“A Play, A Pie and A Pint changed the face of Scottish theatre and has been responsible for some of the most exciting new writing for the stage to emerge in recent years,” said APA head of programming Ben Torrie.
“The partnership in Aberdeen marks an exciting step in the development of theatre production in the city, and who better to be working with than those responsible for this landmark programme.
“Our ambition is to create an annual season of new plays in The Lemon Tree which will not only create exciting new work for the Aberdeen stage, but will offer fantastic opportunities for theatre professionals based in the region."
The specially-commissioned plays will reflect the Aberdeen connection, with a North-east influence and the inaugural autumn season begins with The Great Aberdeen Train Race by journalist Robert Dawson Scott which will run from Tuesday to Saturday, September 24 to 28.
It will be followed by Saint One by North-east favourite Lesley Hart (Tuesday to Saturday, October 22 to 26) and then Guilty by Aberdeen-born playwright Rona Munro (Tuesday to Saturday, November 26 to 30).
Lesley Hart said: “As an actress, writer, and lover of theatre, I can't overstate how important, inspiring and invigorating the A Play, A Pie & A Pint series has been. Before its launch in 2004, it was hard to imagine such an unstoppable bonanza of new plays being staged in Scotland.
“Nine years on, as a regular performer, audience member and now writer of plays for the series, it is hard to imagine life without it.
“If Aberdonians – theatre fans, first timers, and otherwise - get a taste for the lip-smacking 50 minutes A Play, A Pie & A Pint dishes up, I am confident they will be as pie-eyed and hooked on it as me, as Glasgow, and as all the lucky cities who have sampled it worldwide. “
The Great Train Race is about the incredible but true story of the death-defying contest, sparked by the opening of the Forth Bridge, between trains on the East and West Coast routes to Scotland in the summer of 1895.
The rivalry between the men of the rival railway companies was renowned for its bitterness and skullduggery but even so, the death-defying events that unfolded were unprecedented as, urged on by bosses and workmates alike, courageous crews drove their overnight trains, complete with paying passengers, to new world speed records every night..
Set in the birthplace of the battered mars bar, Lesley Hart’s Saint One features a Stonehaven chip shop cast adrift in the North Sea by a giant wave - a local news man, a schoolgirl, and a woman who thinks she’s Billy Connolly search among the wreckage of the chip shop, and their battered lives, for some kind of meaning, for memories lost, for a way back home, and to find out what the Big Yin has to do with it all...
In Rona Munro’s Guilty, two women face each other in a small windowless room. There’s a child murder, a suspect, a police inspector and an interview but what is revealed is the nature of innocence.
Tickets for all three go on sale on today (Thursday) online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre. More info on http://youtu.be/eqkw1jDWM74
Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre successfully pioneered A Play, A Pie and A Pint at Oran Mor back in 2004 and now commission and produce 38 new plays a year.