An ode to the hard working women of the 1950’s and to a bygone Glasgow, a new stage version of The Steamie by Tony Roper is returning to the Scottish stage for its 30th anniversary this year. And you can also listen to this theatrical classic recorded on CD from Big Finish.
It's Hogmanay in a Glasgow wash house, and the girls need to get their washing done before the bells. Join Dolly, Magrit, Doreen and Mrs Culfeathers as they laugh, cry and sing their way through the last day of the year – with a little help from the not-so-handy Andy!
The play is a snapshot of a society, of a time and a cross section of strong women, all rolled into a hilarious comedy. Opening today in Kirkcaldy, the show is touring through Aberdeen, Dundee, Ayr, Inverness, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh from 6 September to 6 November. The cast includes Libby McArthur, Mark McCusker, Steven McNicoll, Carmen Pieraccini and Fiona Wood.
Written and directed by Tony Roper with songs by David Anderson, Tony Roper says, “In my late forties I sat down with a biro and a jotter and wrote my first ever play. 30 years have since passed and The Steamie is still there, giving laughter and tears and touching that intangible something in an audience that has made it a favourite night out.”
"The Steamie" came into my life 10 years ago when I was asked by my friend Neil Laidlaw to co-produce a revival of the show for its 20th Anniversary, says executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, "Little did I know that 10 years later we would still be producing this charming, moving, brilliantly written slice of life in a Glasgow wash house where hard working women discuss their loves, hopes and the drudgery of their every day lives. But this is not a dull talking heads drama, rather a witty comedy that has now delighted many generations.
"I am delighted that we have recorded this important piece of Scottish writing, to ensure that it will remain available for many years to come."
For more details, or to book tickets to the show, head to http://www.thesteamieplay.com/