A perfect play for Eastgate

TWEED Theatre bring newly appointed Scots Makar Liz Lochhead’s comedy Perfect Days to Peebles this weekend.

The story centres around Barbs Marshall, a successful celebrity hairdresser in Glasgow.

A spokesperson said: “She is successful, has a nice apartment in a trendy part of the city, but is 39 and almost deafened by the ticking of her biological clock.

“Her mother is a nag, her best friend is keeping her in the dark and her ex-husband has a new girlfriend. Then she meets a 26-year-old stranger who seems more than ready to oblige.”

Director of Perfect Days, Anne Taylor, was born in Glasgow, and attributes her strong production to growing up against the backdrop of Scotland’s biggest city, its language and a mother who was a successful hairdresser.

A cast of six, (pictured, top of page) is headed by Elizabeth O’Raw, a professional actor, living in Peebles who plays Barbs. Mother is performed by Elizabeth’s sister, Margaret Ann Mcallister, a drama teacher. “This character initially comes across as domineering and interfering but audiences warm to her,” said the theatre spokesperson.

Eva Bisset makes a welcome return to the stage to play Alice, Barbs’ sister-in-law and loyal and long-term friend.

Graham McIntosh plays Bren, Barbs’s confidant, workmate and much-loved best friend, the ex-husband, Davie, is Keith Brunton. Michael Boyd returns to play Grant, the young love interest.

Perfect Days is at the Eastgate Theatre tomorrow and on Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10 (£8 concession) and are available from 01721 725777.