New Plays from the Commonwealth

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The National Theatre of Scotland and Òran Mór are collaborating on their fourth international A Play, A Pie and a Pint season, bringing new voices from the Commonwealth to lunchtime audiences in Glasgow and Edinburgh, marking the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow in 2014.

On this occasion the two companies will also be collaborating with leading producers of new writing and new work to bring these productions to the stage, co-presenting with the Traverse Theatre on The Last Bloom and with Fuel Theatre on Fast Cuts and Snap Shots and co-presenting Voices From The Black That I Am

The Last Bloom

Presented by A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Traverse Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Written by Amba Chevannes
Directed by Hamish Pirie

Gentle, soft-spoken Cynthia moves into a nursing home to share a room with the cantankerous and domineering Myrtle. But before Cynthia can settle in, a power struggle takes place as the women battle over the right to each other’s pasts and memories.

The Last Bloom blurs the line between truth and fantasy and explores the idea of the right to reshape one’s past.

Voices from the Black That I Am

Presented by A Play, A Pie and A Pint and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Written by Karl O’Brian Williams

Voices from the Black That I Am is a theatrical meditation of questions on issues of blackness, gender, sexuality, and nationalism. It is the personal journey of a black Caribbean immigrant navigating various foreign territory and feeling attached and non-attached througout. Each monologue is intended to underscore and steer the audience off course from the main poetic narrative… a narrative constantly embodying Sankofa: looking back to go forward.

Fast Cuts and Snap Shots

Presented by A Play, A Pie and a Pint, Fuel Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Written by Inua Ellams.

For some members of the African diaspora, barber shops are cultural equivalents to pubs. Everything is discussed in heated detail, from film industries, to masculinity, government policy to autism, race to football, the political to the intimate, to the intensely personal. In a reading as part of the Transform Festival, Inua will be sharing stories from his research in England, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria.

Developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Binks Trust and British Council Connect ZA.