A Play, A Pie and a Pint, Oran Mor’s legendary lunchtime theatre experience is presently in the foothills of a boisterous new season. With 38 brand new plays written and performed every year and over 400 hundred new works achieved since its inception it’s hard to overstate the success and popularity of this magical idea.
PPP produces more plays per season than most theatres manage in two years. This frenetic pace encourages a vibrant industrious atmosphere inspiring emerging and experienced talent to use the system as a cultural hothouse. The continual turn-over allows for experimentation and risk-taking, while a week-long run for each performance gives the plays a chance to breathe.
The initial concept – to lure lunchtime idlers with a bit of nosh and a drop of the hard stuff, is still holding true, although there’s a few more people wolfing down spring water and quiche these days (veggie pies have always been available). From an inspired and whacky idea PPP has grown into a genuine Scottish theatre institution cheered by talent and audience alike. Who’d believe that some of the most provocative, funny, ambitious, dark and menacing works in Scotland can be seen at 1pm weekdays and Saturdays? A mere £12.50 (a tenner on Wednesdays) gets you the pie (or quiche) plus a choice of beer, wine or soft drink, plus a spanking new, brilliantly performed bit of live theatre.
Upcoming works include a drama about Pink Floyd’s quixotic casualty Syd Barret and a tribute to William McIlvanney with a restaging of On The Sidelines, written by him especially for PPP in 2004. Check the website now for a full programme of upcoming shows.
A Play, A Pie and a Pint | Autumn/Winter Season 2016 | Mon/Tues/Thurs/Friday: £12.50 | Wed: £10 | Saturday: £14
Pic: Leslie Black