Indyref show to hit the town hall
Discussion on Scottish independence can still cause tempers to flare.
But for comedian and writer Phil Differ it’s also provided plenty of material for his newest show - and he hopes that folk will find it funny whichever side of the argument they’re on.
He’s bringing Macbraveheart to Rutherglen Town Hall on Friday October 30, spoofing Shakespeare, the referendum debate and a certain Mel Gibson film along the way.
Originally written ahead of last year’s vote, the play has been updated and extended to take into account the referendum result.
The plot weaves together Robert Burns, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace in a deliberately daft spoof that also sends up just how serious some people take the theatre.
“We look at sending up the seriousness of it all,” says Phil, who’s best known for being the brains behind Only An Excuse.
“We used to joke about how this was a very important play, which is that theatrical thing where people are always stressing how important it is to get a message out through their show. The only thing we were serious about was making fun of those attitudes.
“Last year at the Edinburgh Festival ( where the play was first performed) there was an awful lot of plays that were pro-independence, and there were a few that were antiindependence, so we sold ourselves as the play that couldn’t make up its mind and that we were for the people that didn’t know.
“There’s no message and it’s all over the place - we don’t want to preach to people.”
Phil clearly hopes that both sides of the argument will be entertained by the show, which stars comedian Bruce Morton, Claire Gray and Matthew Gallagher. He’s looking forward to seeing how the Town Hall crowd reacts, having performed there a few years ago.
“I did some stand up in the Town Hall a few years ago, and I like Rutherglen. It’s still got an identity to it and an independence to it - it’s not been engulfed by Glasgow or Lanarkshire.
“It was a good night a few years ago, there was a good crowd that was intelligent and that always means you get more out of it. There were right up for it and hopefully it’ll be the same in a couple of weeks.”
After the show wraps up its current tour Phil will be back on his football duties, with the latest Only An Excuse special underway.
“I’ve just started working on Only An Excuse for Hogmanay. We’ll film it sometime in November and then I’ll have a wee break.
“For this year, the obvious new one to bring into the show is Mark Warburton - we introduced Ronny Delia last year and now Warburton’s appeared, so we need to do him.”
Tickets for Macbraveheart are on sale now, priced at £ 12 or £ 10 for concessions.
They can be bought in person from the Town Hall, by calling 0141 613 5700 or online at www.sllcboxoffice. co.uk
The show starts at 7.30pm and it does contain language that may offend.