Curtain up on romantic comedy set in Glasgow picture palace
THE PLAY Movie Time is touring Mull, Muck, Luing, Appin and Sunart this month.
The show is described as a bittersweet, light romantic comedy of love and loss set in the projection booth of a Glasgow picture palace during the Second World War. The action takes place in the projection room of the Roxy Cinema in early 1942.
Alan MacKenzie plays Willie, a middle class lad from a good background who is chief projectionist and somehow still hasn’t had his call up papers. Young Margaret, or ‘ Mog’, played by Shona Brodie Hill, is sent in to shadow him, just in case. ‘ He is quiet and unassuming, very buttoned up; she is brash and forthright and just loves a good time at the dancing,’ explained Mull’s arts organisation Comar: ‘ She annoys him like crazy, but to her he is just so boring. So different in almost every way, it’s in their dreams that they really connect. They live for, and through, the films they show. But can their lives live up to their dreams?’
Movie Time was first produced at Mull Little Theatre in 1986 and now returns to Mull Theatre, Druimfin, near Tobermory, on August 12, 15, 25 and 26, as well as touring Bunessan Hall on August 16, Arisaig on August 17, Muck Hall on August 18, Luing on August 22, Appin on August 23 and the Sunart Centre on August 25. Information and tickets are available from the Comar website.