Rep return in one-act play series
Rutherglen Rep are returning with a pair of one-act plays.
The popular am dram group will present their double-bill at Kirkhill Halls in Cambuslang on Friday, April 8 and at Stonelaw Parish Church the following night.
On offer will be the tense thriller Ambush, written by Bernard G High, and the drama Such A Parcel of Rogues, written by Isabella C Rae.
Isabella explained: “I don’t want to give too much away about Ambush, but it’s full of suspense.
“The main character, Violet, owns a cottage in the woods, in the wilds, and there’s only one neighbour nearby when someone arrives saying they’re the niece of Violet, but the owner doesn’t recognise her.
“There’s a few twists in it, and the owner of the cottage really ends up at the mercy of this person, so there’s a lot of suspense and it’ll keep you guessing.”
Isabella’s own play took the political backdrop of the independence referendum to weave a tale that jumps between two time periods.
She added: “It goes between the early 1700s and from about 2013 to 2015, with the referendum debate happening all around.
“In the first part, it’s about a poor family who are suffering from the after effects of the Darian Scheme and they’re dirt poor.
“It’s about how the state of the country affects this simple family. Then it flicks over to the other side of the stage, where Scotland’s not in a good state before the referendum – the youngest son in the family has finished university and can’t get a job, the older brother has lost a good job and his flat – the younger son and his sister are very for independence, the older son isn’t, and the mother is sitting on the fence and says she won’t vote, which horrifies everybody. So you have family problems with them on opposite sides.”
Given how emotive the referendum can be with people, Isabella admits it was a tricky subject to write about.
She said : “For the play I wanted to go a middle path and show the bad from both sides, because the two boys do end up shouting at each other and it gets very vicious, so there is strong language in it.
“I found it harder to write the more recent section than the older one, because I knew too much about it – I’d seen it on TV till it was coming out my ears and it was a matter of having to prune it all down and making sure you had a beginning, a middle and an end to work as a play.”
However the work paid off when the play was recently awarded the Best Scottish Life and Character award at the Scottish Community Drama Awards.
The Rep are also set to start casting their next play, which will be The Murder Cottage and is written by Gerry McCartan.
More info on the Rep can be found at www.rutherglenrep.org.uk and tickets for their upcoming shows are priced at £7 (£6 concession) and can be purchased by telephoning 0141 646 0017