Aberdeen’s panto queen Elaine C Smith is all set for a change of pace as she prepares to take a teatime role in one of the city’s newest theatre ventures A Play, a Pie and a Pint.
One of the country’s most talented performers, she is to play a woman who thinks she is Billy Connelly in the second play in the PPP series, Saint One by North-east actress and writer Lesley Hart to be staged at The Lemon Tree Lounge for a week from Tuesday, October 22.
The three-strong cast also includes another familiar face on the Aberdeen stage scene, Helen Mackay who starred in three HMT productions - The Cone Gatherers, The Silver Darlings and Sunset Song – and Ewan Donald, who has been part of several productions at Oran Mor, including Saint Catherines Day, Baltimire, and The Seagull.
Both Helen and Ewan performed in the powerful new play, Be Silent or Be Killed, recently staged at The Lemon Tree, based on the true story of a Macduff businessman caught up in the Mumbai terrorist attack.
Directed by Andy Gray and 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 – as three people search among the wreckage of the 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 . . .
Presented by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) and Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre, the award-winning company behind the novel theatre programme at Oran Mor, the PPP series had a hugely successful debut week in Aberdeen last month.
APA head of programming Ben Torrie said: “We always believed that A Play, a Pie and a Pint would be popular in Aberdeen, but the response from the North-east public to the first production was quite overwhelming, very nearly selling out the run at The Lemon Tree.
“Hilarious new play Saint One is sure to continue that success, with a top quality team on board - its great to have someone of Elaine's calibre involved at such an early stage in this project."
The season of three new plays began in The Lemon Tree with The Great Train Race in September, to be followed by Saint One (Tuesday to Saturday, October 22 to 26) and then Guilty by Aberdeen-born playwright Rona Munro (Tuesday to Saturday, November 26 to 30).
Each play is being performed at both Oran Mor and The Lemon Tree and there is to be another season of three in the spring.
The PPP ticket delivers 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.
Tickets are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
Watch highlights of the premiere of A Play, A Pie & A Pint at The Lemon Tree