Friday June 26, 2015
Oran Mor’s “A Play, A Pie and A Pint” is a hugely successful lunchtime theatre initiative where visitors – you guessed it – have the chance to see an adaptation of a classic play while enjoying a pie and a pint (or glass of wine or soft drink if you are so inclined). It’s great to see the event continue as part of the West End Festival with its Summer Season of Classic Cuts. This week the feature piece was Harman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’ which I had the pleasure of seeing yesterday afternoon.
Arriving ten minutes before the performance started, it was already difficult to find a seat among the 60 or so other people there where I could enjoy my pie (meat and vegetarian options available) so my first observation would be to get there early! The performance space consisted of a small runway and stage behind it making for a very intimate-feeling performance no matter where you were sat. As the lights dimmed the three performers who played all of the characters marched in from the rear, singing an old sea shanty and even slipped in a sly nod to Scotland during it. This was met with more than a few chuckles from the crowd.
The three actors regaled the captivated audience (myself included) with the tale of the white whale and one captain’s insatiable need for revenge against it. All three of them gave powerful performances using very subtle, if any, sound effects and basic props. The transition between narrative and performance was very slick and worked well as part of the 45 minute piece. Despite watching captain Ahab descend further into his destructive obsession with Moby Dick, there were a few light hearted moments which were weaved skilfully into the performance keeping the experience not too intense for a lunch time event.
Moby Dick was incredibly enjoyable to watch at Oran Mor. Great setting, great cast, great play and great pie (although I could have eaten another!) I’m a convert to “A Play, A Pie and A Pint” and will be back to check out whatever takes centre stage next!
Moby Dick will be performed again today (26th June) and tomorrow (27th June) with tickets available online or at the door of Oran Mor.
Monday June 9, 2014
The main installation is planned to coincide with the XX Commonwealth Games in July, though the West End Festival kicks off a summer of Streetpianos with a wee taster at the Gibson Street Gala . . . with more to follow.
A decorated streetpiano is a rolling permission to have a wee breather from our busyness and pause in the midst of life to play . . . freely and listen to others too. We've named our pianos too!
If you want to see more of the internationally touring artwork by British artist Luke Jerram visit: www.streetpianos.com for some great videos from all over the world. You may even find some inspiration for your own outdoor performance!
An Clachan Cafe will host a piano until the16th after Indian Truck Art inspired decoration in the Glasgow Mela.
A bit further west is 'Nemo' at Riverside, who has been decorated by Robert Smillie Memorial Primary school. He will be making appearances out on the museum floor.
Moving east of woodlands you can also play the first PMIY Glasgow Piano 'Calisia' in the foyer of the Royal Concert Hall and now 'Mac' at the Project Cafe on Renfrew St. ( beside Mandoors ) He was decorated in Garnethill Park on June 14th as part of GSofA degree show week.
'NikNak' is currently in the Art Village in Shawlands Arcade after having a life in the Southside Festival Fringe office and 'Eric' is already quite at home in the foyer of Govanhill Baths.
'Wee Mary' or 'Masala Queen' will also be out on the balcony at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for you to play during the Scottish International Piano competition, June 11th-22nd.
There will be much more during the Games including pianos at the Burrell Collection, GoMA, Scotland Street School and the main public stages as well as pop-up pianos around the city and outside the Wellington Street Church . . . if we can get one up the steps !
Share your videos & photos on the Glasgow Piano City Facebook page and visit www.glasgowpianocity.org for more info on our plans and details of how to support the project with a donation . . . a piano ( or a stool ) and if you would like to volunteer on the project. For all enquiries contact the Project Manager Tom Binns by email at: email@example.com or tel: 01418828825 / 07940224365
Guest blog post by Tom Binns