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Passing Places

derek-mcghie-keith-mcleish-and-romana-abercrombyby Stephen Greenhorn

 

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 4-Stars "Poignant and irresistibly funny" The Herald

 

“A map’s not for telling you where to go. What it tells you is exactly where you are. You have to decide your own destination and journey.”

 

Alex and Brian: a couple of Motherwell lads going nowhere. Until, that is, Alex unfairly gets the sack from the sports shop where he works and, in a moment of drunken retribution, ‘borrows’ a surfboard from the window display and press gangs Brian into joining him in a clapped-out Lada heading for Thurso – Surf Capital of the North!

 

But unfortunately for our two heroes, this particular surfboard happens to be the prized possession of the shop’s owner, the psychotic gangster Binks. And no sooner does Binks discover the theft than he's donning the leathers, kick starting the Suzuki – and beginning an epic pursuit.

 

En route to Thurso, travelling the winding single track roads, Alex and Brian expect to encounter the Scotland of the history books. Instead, they discover a land they never knew existed. There's bothy culture, castles and ceilidhs, and spectacular landscapes, right enough; but digital crofters, Heilan' hippies, mystic surf gurus, installation artists, Ukrainian mariners and Canadian geologists? Where did they all come from?

 

After a triumphant production of Passing Places in 2007, PFT is delighted to be once again presenting this high speed comedy from the creator of River City and Sunshine On Leith: a fast-paced, wise-cracking road movie for the stage that heads relentlessly (and hilariously) towards a final showdown on a freezing Thurso beach at dawn. . .

 

Please note that this play contains strong language

 

 “A real treat of substantial yet light-touch comedy, for any audience interested in the times we live in.” The Scotsman

"Thoroughly entertaining and hilarious... a creative triumph.! The Courier

 

 

 

Sponsored by Mrs Katharine Liston in loving memory of Iain Liston.

 

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