New plays announced for upcoming season of A Play, A Pie and A Pint

New plays announced for upcoming season of A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Theatre goers can feed the mind, body and soul with Aberdeen Performing Arts’ (APA) new season of A Play, A Pie and A Pint at The Lemon Tree.

In partnership with Oran Mor, APA kick off the first of the three plays by Scottish writers from Tuesday, September 27  - Saturday, October 1 with Miss Veitch’s Roses by Jane Livingstone. Following on from that is the witty and poignant new play, One Thinks of it All as a Dream, by Alan Bisset, from Tuesday November 1 – 5. The last in the new season will be Moving Pictures by Philip Differ, from Tuesday, November 29 – Saturday, December 3.

Ben Torrie, APA director of programming and creative projects, said: “APA is delighted to be producing three more new plays as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint in Aberdeen. The format has proved hugely popular and the upcoming season brings together fantastic work from across Scotland to our very own Lemon Tree.”

At nearly 90 years of age, Miss Veitch’s mind is still sharp but she is confined to bed and entirely dependent on her day time carer. When increasing ill health sees a new carer brought in to look after her at night, the lives of all three are changed in ways that are as unexpected as they are profound. Miss Veitch’s Roses explores the fine line between independence and isolation and the gap between the identities we share with others and who we really are.

Following on from Miss Veitch’s Roses is One Thinks of it all as a Dream, created by acclaimed Scottish writer-director team Alan Bissett and Sacha Kyle. This piece is a co-production with Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, presented in association with Traverse Theatre and APA. Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett would have been 70 this year, had he not died in 2006. This witty and poignant new play is both a vivid portrait of a revolutionary period in pop music and a character study of one of its most enigmatic and complex figures.

Philip Differ’s Moving Pictures follows a film fan charged with the task of emptying all the ‘rubbish’ from a dilapidated cinema projection room. He finds himself caught up in a series of movie homages that threaten his sanity and more importantly his pay packet.

Philip Differ has been creating comedy for TV, radio and theatre for more than 30 years, and has produced and directed some of Scotland’s most popular shows including Only an Excuse?, Scotch and Wry and Watson’s Wind Up. For the past decade he has combined his media work with stand-up comedy recently completing his first ever tour of Scotland. Moving Pictures is his fourth produced play following on from Who’s Afraid of the Big Bar-L?, MacBraveheart and the hugely successful Rikki and Me which he co-wrote with Tony Roper.

Tickets for all three plays are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at The Lemon Tree and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Monday 29 August

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