Jane prov­ing to be Still Game for spell on stage

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - An­drea O’Neill

Still Game star Jane McCarry is tour­ing La­nark­shire the­atres this month in Arthur Miller’s mov­ing play, The Last Yan­kee.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of All My Sons, East Kil­bride-based Rap­ture Theatre’s Arthur Miller sea­son con­cludes with his fi­nal med­i­ta­tion on the Amer­i­can Dream: The Last Yan­kee.

A mov­ing, hu­mor­ous and ul­ti­mately up­lift­ing show, The Last Yan­kee fea­tures a cast of top Scot­tish tal­ent, in­clud­ing David Tarken­ter and Pauline Turner, who both im­pressed the crit­ics with their per­for­mances in All My Sons, along­side fa­mil­iar TV and stage faces Jane McCarry (Still Game) and Stew­art Porter (Shet­land and River City).

Leroy Hamil­ton, a de­scen­dant of one of Amer­ica’s found­ing fa­thers and “The Last Yan­kee”, lives a mod­est life as a car­pen­ter and has es­chewed the cor­po­rate rat race. This has es­tranged him from his wife, Pa­tri­cia, who is in hospi­tal and suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion.

Over the course of one day, Leroy and Pa­tri­cia try to come to terms with Leroy’s choices and Pa­tri­cia’s ‘ill­ness’, and they take a ten­ta­tive step to­wards rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and a brave new fu­ture.

The show is em­bark­ing on a ma­jor two-month tour across Scot­land and comes to East Kil­bride Arts Cen­tre on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

Jane McCarry told La­nark­shire Live: “Its lovely to be back on the stage at EK Arts Cen­tre, I’m al­ways there with my kids so they will be sick of the sight of me – their home­made soup is smash­ing.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to do a Miller play and Michael Emans at Rap­ture has given me a great op­por­tu­nity to play a part that’s dif­fer­ent to any­thing else I’ve done be­fore.”

The Arthur Miller sea­son marks Rap­ture Theatre’s first project as a Cre­ative Scot­land Reg­u­larly Funded Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

East Kil­bride-born artis­tic di­rec­tor Michael Emans, from Calder­wood, said: “I am thrilled to be di­rect­ing two pow­er­ful pieces by Arthur Miller for Rap­ture’s first project as a Cre­ative Scot­land Reg­u­larly Funded Com­pany.

“The sup­port from Cre­ative Scot­land has al­lowed Rap­ture to dream big. And I am very proud that The Last Yan­kee will be per­formed as part of the 2015 Men­tal Health Arts and Film Fes­ti­val.

“I’m also keen also for the show to do well in my home­town!”

Tick­ets for the EK Arts Cen­tre show cost £10/£8 con­ces­sions. Con­tact the

Box Of­fice on 01355 261000.

Fa­mous face Jane McCarry stars in The Last Yan­kee

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