Sheer Perfection in Scottish Playwriting
By Meredith Beaumont
Playreaders of San Miguel this week (Tuesday–Thursday, March 15–17) presents two one-act plays by David Harrower, one of Scotland’s foremost contemporary playwrights. In these works he deftly shows his ability to intertwine actions of serious consequence with the humdrum existence of everyday life: terrorism, nuclear submarines, bullying, alienation.
Good with People and A Slow Air by David Harrower
With the Playreaders of San Miguel de Allende
Tue–Thu, Mar 15–17, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
In Good with People, Evan has been away for a long time from a place he barely thought of as home anyway. Historic and beautiful Helensburgh, a seaside resort on the Firth of Clyde, irrevocably changed when a naval base nearby became home to the UK’s nuclear defense program. With the submarines it brought a flotilla of outside workers, including Evan’s dad, together with inevitable controversy, activism, and civil disobedience. Helen has been here forever and remembers the good times. She is working at the almost defunct Sea View Hotel when Evan checks in for a family wedding.
A Slow Air addresses a sibling relationship rife with dysfunctionality and surprisingly interlaced with humor. It’s an unusually constructed piece that runs two monologues at the same time to produce a combined story that has a lilting musicality.
Rick Davey and Marilyn Bullivant (late of the Literary Cabaret) appear first as Evan and Helen and then as the brother and sister, Athol and Morna. Lola Smith, whose list of directing (and acting) credits stretches off into the ether, will breathe life into these two remarkable pieces.
Please note that tickets will be sold at the door at 6:45pm each evening, on a first-come, first-served basis; ticket holders must be present when the doors open at 7pm (or the seat may be re-sold). The play will begin at 7:30pm or when the house is filled.
“A touching study of two characters learning to free themselves from their past. It’s a tremendous piece of work.” ⎯The Guardian
“A brief, sneaky, skillfully measured duet … (it) works its minimalist magic on you when you least expect it.” ⎯Time Out, New York
“A taut showdown … Harrower deftly juggles the dual storytelling.” ⎯The New York Post