The Edinburgh Festival is in full swing and it seems somehow fitting to post this week with the updates from 'a Play, Pie and a Pint'. Edinburgh, for those who have never been, is an amazing artistic celebration and this year five of the plays which started life at the Oran Mor (Scottish) 'Play, Pie and a Pint' are having productions there.
Oran Mor have also just announced their season beginning September 5th with some amazing new shows. Their success with 'a Play, a Pie and a Pint' has been groundbreaking, reinventing the UK theatre experience and bringing new audiences to the Arts. With the full support of our Scottish counterparts, we are launching the first US version of 'a Play, a Pie and a Pint' in just a few weeks. I feel enormously privileged to be producing this in Philadelphia and thrilled by the quality of artists that are now associated with our project. I urge you to be a part of this. Please come and see the shows, donate to our matching grant challenge, tell your friends, like us on facebook,or just send us a message of support. Oran Mor started small like us and we aspire to their success and to our long term goal of creating low cost, brilliantly casual theatre that unites our community.
"A Play, A Pie and a Pint has clearly tapped into a hunger for work seen in the raw. A Play, A Pie and a Pint... has become a fixture that has spread its tentacles throughout the rest of Scotland's theatre community and beyond." The Herald
As our artistic team grows, so do our costs. Most urgently, our kickstarter online donation campaign finishes on September 2nd. We need to find another $1800 to reach our target of $5000 otherwise all donations are declared void. I know we can do this with your help. There are some fabulous prizes on offer including limited edition 'a Play, Pie and a Pint' coasters, t shirts and free tickets to the shows. Please consider a donation.
Our kickstarter campaign only reaches a fifth of our needed funds. If you would rather donate by personal check, please make it payable to "The Miami Foundation" and in the subject line put 'Tiny Dynamite'. Checks can be sent to 5, Four Winds Lane, Malvern PA 19355. All donations are tax deductible and will receive a mention in our program.
Two of our chosen plays for our first season in Philadelphia were premiered at the Scottish 'Play, Pie and a Pint'. 'Fly me to the Moon' by Marie Jones went on to become one of the most loved plays of the series and toured around the UK and beyond. Alan Bissett's 'The Ching Room' represents to me, the perfect one act play. It's funny, smart, unexpected... and set in a toilet cubicle (ho hum, how the British love their toilet humor).
'Peaches en Regalia' by Steve Lyons had a sell out success at Edinburgh in 2004 and opens our season. 'Hazardous' by Philadelphia's own, Quinn Eli, marks the beginning of what we hope will be a long term collaboration working with local playwrights.
Thank you again for all your support. I look forward to sharing some brilliantly casual theatre with you while you enjoy a pie and a pint in October,