OVERCOATS and laundry are at the
heart of two short comedies being presented at Alloa’s
Alman Theatre in early February.
Laundry and Bourbon by the American
writer James McLure is set on a hot summer afternoon
in the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth's home in Maynard,
Texas, a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.
Elizabeth and her friend Hattie are whiling away the
time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon and
Coke, and gossiping about the many open secrets which
are part of small-town life. They are joined by the
self-righteous Amy Lee who, among other titbits, can't
resist blurting out that Roy has been seen around town
with another woman. The ensuing conversation is edged
with bitter humour and wonderful one-liners.
The cast is Rhona Law, Jennifer Marjoribanks and Clare
Its companion piece is The Bespoke Overcoat.
Written by Wolf Mankowitz, it’s a witty ghost
story adapted from a tale by the Russian Nikolai Gogol.
Fender is a lowly clerk in the warehouse of clothing
manufacturers Ranting and Co. His one ambition is to
have an overcoat of his own. Refused one by the cold-hearted
Ranting, he asks a tailor friend, Morry, to make him
one instead, but dies of cold before he can take delivery
of it. Unwilling to give up his only desire even in
death, he returns as a ghost to persuade Morry to steal
him the overcoat he so coveted in life.
The cast is Jim Allan, Calum Nicol, Brian Paterson
and Brian Tripney.
The plays will be performed by Falkirk’s Tryst
Theatre who have been guests of The Alman in recent
years. Both are directed by Jim Allan, who said: “Tryst
continue to be thrilled by performing in the Coachhouse
and we can promise a hugely enjoyable evening at the
And the Alman’s Gerry Docherty added: “We’re
delighted once again to welcome our friends and colleagues
from Tryst Theatre to the Alman in what is guaranteed
to be a fantastic night's entertainment."
The two plays are on at the Alman from February 1-3,
with curtain-up at 7.30pm. Tickets, £10 (£8
concessions), are available from the Tryst Box Office
on 01324 715886.