I feel pretty grateful to hold this document in my hands. A playtext, precious on two counts. Firstly, In Time O' Strife, the latest production from NTS. Its genesis in the writings of Joe Corrie, a beautiful but largely obscure Fife poet and playwright. "Obscure" may be an unjust description of this striking and humbling career, but it does hint at the ephemeral coincidence and fortunes that brought his writings back to the stage in 2013. A reminder that some of the most brilliant works spend a lifetime on the verge of never happening.
Secondly, this is my first published playtext. With images from my shoot with the company during rehearsals, the script becomes a more immersive medium to get lost in Corrie's writing. I was sat front row centre last week for the opening of the production's short run. A brave seat choice, as Joe Corrie's words crystallised before us into a thunderous and emotional wave of stark, politicised energy. But gratitude remained as the smoke and lights cleared. To have worked on something so unintentionally evasive enjoy only a fleeting run. It felt that history was being made and remade on a torrential October night in Kirkcaldy.
|Hannah Donaldson, Ewan Stewart, Tom McGovern, Vicki Manderson, Paul Tinto, Owen Whitelaw, Anita Vettesse|
|Ewan Stewart as Jock|
|Ewan Stewart and Anita Vettesse|
|Anita Vetesse as Jean|
|Owen Whitelaw and Hannah Donaldson|
|Hannah Donaldson as Jenny|
|Owen Whitelaw as Wull Baxter|
|Paul Tinto as Bob|
|Vicki Manderson as Kate|
|Tom McGovern as Tam|
|MJ McCarthy, Jennifer Reeve, Johnny Scott, Adam John Scott|