City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Review: An Apple a Day (A Play A Pie and A Pint)


By Irene Brown - Posted on 14 April 2009

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Show Details
Venue: 
Traverse Theatre
Company: 
Traverse Theatre and Òran Mór
Production: 
Jo Clifford (Scriptwriter), Gavin Harding (Production Manager), Dominic Hill (Director), Claire Elliott, Renny Robertson, Sarah Scarlett, Mark Sodergren, Andrew Steel , Angela Thompson(Production (Traverse) ), Patrick and Rita McGurn (design), Susannah Armitage (Trainee Producer Òran Mór), David MacLennan (Producer Òran Mór)
Performers: 
David Walshe (She), Crawford Logan (He)
Running time: 
55mins

The background music of the '60s group the Shirelles was presumably to set the time frame for this piece but in fact when the events took place was irrelevant. Some vintage clothes hung over screens and a couple of draped chairs could have been meant to be the changing room of an old shop. However, the profusion of tissues being tidied up by the character She, in laddered stockings, basque and 5 0'clock shadow, belied this.

Her 1 o'clock client, the character He, has a very unusual request that he wants carried out so that he can deliver his speech to the nearby General Assembly of the Church of Scotland with a clear head. She offers to take him to Heaven but finds a Paradise through his Proustian apple in a way She never expected. The audience is asked to witness the humanity between these 2 people. One who finds the strange and dangerous world of prostitution kinder and more accepting than that of his previous career in the schoolroom and the other who in spite of a successful career as an actuary is haunted by his adolescence.

Much of the audience were highly amused at what would seem to be more sad and poignant and just a bit disturbing, than funny.

This is the last of the series, a Play a Pie and a Pint at the Traverse.

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