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I’ll have a double, bill!

Twelve Twelve Theatre is an Edinburgh-based company who launched earlier this year with the astonishingly ambitious target of putting on twelve plays in twelve months: Six double bills, in fact, with each premiere two months apart. 

Started by Edinburgh based actors Andrew Johns Cameron and Saskia Ashdown, in the six months they've been operating Twelve Twelve have managed to keep their plan on track.  This Thursday 26th July Twelve Twelve rock up at Birnam Arts with two fabulous pieces from their repertoire.  

Pharmacy Island – written and directed by Jim Rennie – is a dark comedy concerning Suzie, a charlatan psychic who takes people's money with the promise of connecting them with their dead relatives.  Cathy visits Suzie and asks her to communicate with her dead dog Petrograd.  As the play progresses, the two characters confront their own lies and personal deceits as they both deal with differing levels of grief.   This two-hander stars Cait Irvine as Suzie and Hannah Louise Bradley as Cathy.

Drinks for the Old Man is a new play from the pen of Dunkeld-based actor and director Andy Robertson.  Loosely based on personal experience, Andy has fashioned a moving, blackly comic drama that many of us will relate to:  Meeting to prepare for their father’s funeral, brothers Billy, Harry and Sean Bru have matters to sort out but are more adept at acting with their fists.  The three dive into a bottle (or several) and approach it in their usual combative manner before surprising truths begin to emerge from the glassy depths. 

A superb cast for this tragi-comic piece has Sean O’Brien as Billy, Andrew Johns Cameron as Harry, Charlie West as Sean, Saskia Ashdown as Ashley Bru and Michael Dallas as Rick.

Birnam Arts revels in its reputation for pioneering, cutting-edge drama and these two one-act productions are a fine addition to that tradition.  If fine dramas and good acting are your thing, then get down to Birnam Arts this Thursday evening - at the double!

Drinks For The Old Man & Pharmacy Island

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Drinks for the Old Man & Pharmacy Island
(Double Bill)
Twelve Twelve Theatre
Thursday 26th July 8pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s 

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DRINKS FOR THE OLD MAN

A light-hearted comedy about brotherly love and family grief…

Jack Bru has died. In preparation for the funeral, his three sons Billy, Harry and Sean are brought together and forced to address their difficulties in showing emotion and empathy, bringing truths to light from the bottom of the bottle. The relationship of three men more adept at acting with their fists than anything else must ultimately be saved by those who know them even better than they know themselves.

PHARMACY ISLAND

A dark comedy that concerns Suzie, a charlatan psychic who takes people's money with the promise of connecting them with their dead relatives. Cathy visits Suzie and asks her to communicate with her dead dog Petrograd. As the play progresses, the two characters confront their own lies and personal deceits as they both deal with differing levels of grief.

 

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