We’re coming to the end of another exciting and very busy week at Paines Plough, and as we start to dig out our winter coats and cosy socks, must keep reminding ourselves that even though it’s getting chilly, the cold won’t slow us down! There’s loads going on right now, and we’ve also had some wonderful reviews for two of the productions in our 2010 programme, FLY ME TO THE MOON by Marie Jones and GOOD WITH PEOPLE by David Harrower.
Check out what The Stage said here about FLY ME TO THE MOON:
Oran Mor and Paines Plough asked Marie Jones, writer of FLY ME TO THE MOON some questions:
Is 45 minutes and max 3 actors easier or harder than 2 acts and a cast of ten?
45, 95, 125,……doesn’t matter how many minutes, none of its hard if you have a good story.
Should every play come with a complimentary pie and pint?
Not sure, I suppose it depends on the venue….I was in the Belfast Opera House last night and the majority of the women had vodka secreted in their handbags….there is a certain excitement in sneaking your drink into a place you’re not supposed to sneak drink into and not paying a fortune at the bar…although, can’t see anybody wanting to sneak a pie out of their handbag
What is more scary, contemplating a blank sheet of paper, contemplating a deadline or contemplating the audience at the first performance?
Blank Page is very scary…..my family know when i am about to write a new piece, the house is spotless and I cook them really nice meals and take the dog walks…I know they know that I am putting off the inevitable, but they don’t want the pampering to stop, so they say nowt….As soon as I tackle the scary page, the house goes to hell, they eat whatever they find in the cupboard and the dog lies in a corner getting fat…I know my priorities.
In three words how do you feel about about the critics?
They’re human too.
Do you agree with Thomas Edison that “Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration?”
He only said that when he was inventing the light bulb…That’s pretty hot work…I’d be sweating too.
Take a look at Joyce Macmillan’s review about David Harrower’s GOOD WITH PEOPLE:
“For a truly elegant, powerful and purposeful drama about the impact of violence on everyday life, there’s only one place to be this week; and that’s at the lunchtime Play, Pie, Pint show at Oran Mor, which this week premieres a brilliant new 50-minute play by David Harrower…In this terrific short duologue – performed with electrifying power by Blythe Duff and Andrew Scott-Ramsey – Harrower first acknowledges the connection between violence and sex, making the air between the two characters crackle with more erotic tension than I’ve seen on a Scottish stage in years…In this last of five autumn co-productions between A Play, A Pie and A Pint and Paines Plough, George Perrin directs with impressive grace and flair…And the whole experience comes as a sharp reminder of how, in the years since Scottish devolution, playwrights based in Scotland have tended to leave the specifics of Scottish life to the politicians, and to paint on a wider canvas; and of what rich dividends it can pay, when they focus once again on the pain, the potential, and the deep, deep resonances of the society on their doorstep.” ****Joyce Macmillan, The Scotsman
“Harrower’s dialogue is crisp, economic, and loaded with meaning…Duff and Scott-Ramsay both turn in riveting performances brimming with sexual chemistry and charged danger.” **** The Herald