Mary Stuart Got Her Head Cut Off

(c) Glasgow Museums; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Yes, she did. And for the final time on Saturday.

Apologies for the delay in getting back onto the blog but no sooner was the bloody deed done than I was pulled into my next play and a hefty slice of northern social realism. But now there’s time for a quick breather, time enough to thank everyone involved and everyone who came along to what was a hugely successful three day run and an absolute triumph on the Matchbox stage. Photos and review will follow shortly and, with the blog’s second anniversary looming, another healthy dip into the nostalgia files but in the meantime I simply hope that everything is well with you all and wish you a splendid Thursday! ūüôā




First Night Feedback

“A splendid production – so professional and captivating. ¬†¬†¬†All of you deserve Academy Awards. ¬†¬†It was truly great.¬†”

“Fabulous play!! Very well done! I thoroughly enjoyed it…it all was very professional.”

Just two of the many warm and positive reactions to Mary Stuart’s opening night. The run continues tonight and, all too quickly, concludes tomorrow. Seats are still available, ¬£6 for adults and ¬£4 for concessions – you will be hard pushed to find better value for money on a Friday or Saturday night.

Hope the pictures whet the appetite and to see you at St. Francis over the next couple of days.


You Win or You Die


First dress rehearsal done. And I am excited!

Of course it is very easy for me to say that as director but this is typically¬†a nervous time, the point when one hopes that everything falls into place: the lights, the sound, the set, the costume and the performers themselves- the alchemy of theatre if I may wax lyrical. It wasn’t flawless; being a slightly superstitious sort I would be worried if it had been(although, that said,¬†my superstitions do¬†seem to gravitate around cigarettes and Red Bull rather than utterances of certain Scottish plays). But it felt good.

I have little idea whether these words have an impact on audiences, and most likely you either are going to see it or not going whatever I write, but I started this year talking of the success of ‘The Winslow Boy’, a stunning conclusion to last year and my hopes that this would be a successor that would continue the current superb run within the theatre;¬†I sincerely believe it does. Visually appealing, emotional, passionate, vibrant and exciting, this covers all such bases. Yes, I do hyperbolise on occasion ¬†as many a blogger is wont to do, but with this I feel that I can say without exaggeration once again the¬†group has excelled. The final dress rehearsal awaits tonight and tomorrow I will ruminate on that but all I can say is that if you have not got a ticket, if you like good old fashioned historical drama, if the reference is the title is not lost to you¬†and if¬†you can make Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, you will be hard pressed to find a better¬†two and a half hours for six quid!

Until tomorrow.

M x