Òran Mór | On the Sidelines | A Play, a Pie and a Pint

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Directed by none other than famed film and TV mogul Gillies MacKinnon, this week’s Òran Mór show resurrects a piece written by William McIlvanney for the original first season of Play, Pie and a Pint in 2004. Iain Roberston turns in an energetic solo performance as the spurned husband idling away his life in a rabbit hutch flat dreaming of the day he can buy a real record player to finally enjoy his beloved jazz albums.

It’s a universal tale with a uniquely Glasgow twist, as you’d expect from McIlvanney – not so much a plot as an hour long anecdote, with occasional affecting reflections amid hilarious Connelly-esque comedy sequences. Robertson, who got his break as a 13 year old boy in MacKinnon’s movie Small Faces, personifies the dowdy spirit and black humour of the newly single man trying to make sense of his predicament while gamely pushing forward without a clue as to his next step.

The show was resurrected as a to tribute McIlvanney who died last year and has been playing to full houses all week. Get in quick to book seats for the remaining dates. It’s a sharp and witty little gem.

Pic Leslie Black

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