The Linlithgow Players return to the stage on October 12th and 13th (Friday and Saturday) with their annual Plays and Wine event, to be held at Linlithgow Primary School.
For those unfamiliar with this very popular weekend, it consists of some quality drama performed in front of an audience who lounge around tables with their kith and kin, feasting on the finest cheeses and wines Linlithgow can offer, while your friend, wife, or lover, drip feeds you grapes. If that sounds too much like a Roman orgy, rest assured we will leave our togas at home!
This year as well as some short sketches, our two two main attractions are the wonderfully titled, Strictly Sex Factor on Ice (by author David Tristram) and Pulp Friction (by Ian Stewart). David Tristram is one of Britain’s most popular and performed playwrights and his comedies are firm favourites in amateur dramatic circles. Ian is also an award winning writer, although it should be pointed out that Ian’s award was a 50 metre swimming badge from primary school!
In Strictly Sex Factor, The Little Grimley Amateur Society are faced with yet another threat to their very existence. Reality TV shows have ravaged their Saturday night audiences, which in their hey-day used to occasionally reach double figures. Never one to take these things lying down, Chairman Gordon has devised a cunning plan to compete head-on - their very own live Saturday night blockbuster, combining the best of all the other formats. All they need now is an audience, some contestants, four judges, a mirror ball... oh, yes, and some ice.
Pulp Friction on the other hand is described by Ian as, “part mystery and part dark comedy about that point where relationships just aren’t working anymore. With a soundtrack from the early 80’s punctuating the performance, the play poses many questions but does not necessarily give the answers: Who is Stan and what’s his relationship to Dennis? What does David do at those damn conferences? Just what is Dennis’s new job with the Government? The audience is free to read into the play what they will. Everyone will have different ideas on what is being presented. Some may find it shocking, some may find it pointless, but perhaps that is the point.”
Following feedback from audiences from previous years, the ticketing structure is a little different this year. Prices have been reduced to £10, but this includes a complimentary drink (alcoholic or otherwise) and as many grapes as you can handle! More drinks can be purchased from the licensed bar throughout the evening. Tickets are available from Far From the Madding Crowd, from our website www.linlithgowplayers.org.uk , or can be reserved by phoning 07847 735077. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.