Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) and Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre have announced three new productions for the spring following the hugely successful launching of their A Play, A Pie and a Pint series in Aberdeen last autumn.
The three new shows, which will each run for a week at The Lemon Tree, are The Friends of Miss Dorian Gray, by Marcella Evaristi, opening on Tuesday, February 25: Auntie Agatha Comes to Tea, by George Milne, opening on Tuesday, March 25 and The Tale O' Fanny Cha Cha, by Joyce Falconer which opens on Tuesday, April 29.
The February and April productions will rehearse and run in Aberdeen, before transferring to Oran Mor, the home of Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre, the award-winning company behind the novel theatre programme for a week. While Auntie Agatha Comes to Tea will rehearse and run for a week in Glasgow before transferring to Aberdeen.
"After a hugely successful opening season, APA is delighted to be producing three more new plays as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint in Aberdeen,” said Ben Torrie, APA’s director of programming and new projects.
“The season will provide opportunities to showcase the fantastic theatrical talent produced in Aberdeen, as well as bringing together some of the best from across Scotland.
“This innovative format was a hit was the North East audiences last year, and we hope to make it a permanent fixture on the city's cultural calendar."
The Friends of Miss Dorian Gray is an ingenious and witty retelling of Oscar Wilde’s story, as two middle aged friends, Dolores and Daisy, puzzle over the unblemished looks of their strangely youthful contemporary, the gorgeous Miss Dorian Gray.
Marcella Evaristi, who has written extensively for the theatre, tv and radio, deftly re-assembles all the elements of the famous story into a sharply original dark comedy.
In Auntie Agatha Comes to Tea, George Milne tells the story of two cash-strapped brothers who invited an elderly and wealthy relative round for a fly cup, when there could be poison on the menu.
At the visit, refreshments are served, revelations unfold, attitudes change, consciences rise and sink, and nothing will ever be the same again . . .
George was one of the main sketch writers and founding members of the comedy group Aurora Rabble who had several shows highly praised in the Aberdeen local press in the early 1990s.
He has also contributed material to independent local radio stations in the North-east and been involved with adapting material from one medium to the other.
Torry quine Joyce Falconer, who has been based mainly in Glasgow for the past 25 years, has performed in many genres of theatre and a vast variety of venues from Barlinnie to the Concert Hall. She has several TV credits, been the feature of three documentaries and played Roisin for the first five years of River City.
She has appeared in three A Play, A Pie and A Pint productions, and is delighted to have her first commission from Oran Mor and the Lemon Tree – though she is no stranger to either venue.
Based loosely on true stories, her play, The Tale O' Fanny Cha Cha, is a multi-cultural musical which tells a heartwarming love story set doon by the Broomielaw in the hey-day of the Clyde.
Tickets for all three plays are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.