20 October 2011 WOS Rating: Reader Reviews: View and add to our user reviews A Play, a Pie and a Pint season has kicked off at the Royal Exchange with Katie Douglas’ play Dig. The concept is a simple yet effective one; three new 45 minute plays presents every week along with some liquid refreshment and a tasty pie while you watch. Billed as a Glasgow Institution this Paines Plough with Oran Mor production is a welcome addition to the Autumn Season. Dig is the story of unemployed skilled worker Tommy ( Stewart Porter) and his wife Brenda ( Louise Ludgate) struggling to make ends meet in recession hit Glasgow who are visited on day by Tommy’s brother, Dean ( Simon MacAllum) whose visit forces them to assess the reality of their situation and what it means to be a family. With some great dry humour interlaced with real poignant torment, Dig is not presenting anything revolutionary or telling a story many will not be familiar with but demonstrates real dramaturgy, with all the action taking place in one room and with only a cake, an armchair and some beer to set the scene. Charged with emotion, the dialogue whips by at breakneck speed moving from quick witted one-liners to soul searching weeping, that is so powerful that it is at times hard to watch. Although the material is not ground breaking this production is a pleasant way to spend 45 minutes and is on at a great time to allow those on a lunch break or on the way home from work to call in, have a drink and a snack and enjoy a good play. A Play, a pie and a pint is a strong concept that will hopefully become a regular feature in the Royal Exchange’s calendar. - Ruth Lovett Related Content Back to Northwest Homepage
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