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A double bill of two critically acclaimed comedies from Scotland’s premier touring company, described in the National press as brilliant, gifted and fiercely accessible.
MARY MASSACRE: A bitter sweet, emotional rollercoaster of a story about two disappointed women waiting at the candy floss machine on Irvine Moor. On the surface, there are the overlapping stories of the women who share a light hearted secret and a love of psychics. Underneath, a tale of deceit, loss and betrayal. Both of them are unaware how they’ll change each other’s lives forever.
SEVEN YEAR ITCH: This true story of the brutal slaying of an office worker in America is interwoven with the delightfully flamboyant tales of two Glasgow co-workers, one of whom is obsessed with Dolly Parton. Seven Year Itch is for the day dreamer who looks at the stapler with murderous intent, for anyone who thinks about shredding their co-workers fingers and for those of you who sing out loud and proud at your desk.
**** "It’s hard to fault the quality of these two one-hour plays... And the two shows combine to create an evening of powerful narrative and gleeful theatrical energy; with a feeling for the backbeat of popular culture that is as sharply analytical as it is enjoyable." The Scotsman
**** "Full of the kind of camp detail that McKnight adores, both appalling and hilarious at the same time... Gapinski and Wilson Nimmo give it full value... Brown finds a performance style that perfectly complements the writing. She herself, nicely supported by Martin McCormick, is just funny, all angles and edges, somewhere in the tradition of Joyce Grenfell or even Miranda Hart. But she is clearly a lot more than that, handling what could have been an uneasy mixture with great aplomb, allowing us to laugh freely in the build-up but still leaving us with a strange hangover at the end." The Times
"There's an over-riding archness in all the performances, with Julie Wilson-Nimmo and Mary Gapinski in Mary Massacre and Brown herself alongside Martin McCormick in Seven Year Itch pointing up the double-bluffing grotesquery of a candy-floss world turned bad." The Herald
"First Class, very entertaining and clever."
"Saw Double Nugget at the Tron and wanted to see it again – It was just as great as the first time."
"Very much enjoyed both plays."
"Very intense unexpected plot."
"Great writing, strong performance, dark and humorous."
"Humour and pathos. A rich mix. Skilfully done."
"Magnificent – Clever work and brilliant acting."
14-18 Feb, Tron Theatre
22 Feb, Paisley Arts Centre
23 Feb, Lemontree
24 Feb, Howden Park Centre
25 Feb, Arts Guild Theatre
28 Feb, Eastwood Park Theatre
01 Mar, Falkirk Town Hall
02 Mar, East Kilbride Arts Centre
03 Mar, Harbour Arts Centre
08 Mar, Tullynessle & Forbes Hall
09 Mar, Woodend Barn
10 Mar, Banff Town Hall
Written by Johnny McKnight
Directed by Julie Brown
Cast - Julie Brown, Mary Gapinski, Martin McCormick, Julie Wilson Nimmo
Producer Julie Brown
Production Manager Dave Shea
Set & Costume Design Lisa Sangster
Music Composition Karen MacIver
Lighting Design Dave Shea
Press & Marketing Manager Jane Hamilton