Social Media Call 27 at the Lyceum Theatre

“27” a new play written by Abi Morgan and directed by Vicky Featherstone is a joint production between the Lyceum Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street

Compared to the front of the Lyceum the Stage Door was a hive of activity with photographers, reporters, bloggers and tweeters waiting for the start of the Social Media/Media Call.

There was also a lot of traffic on the usually quite Cornwall Street with cars, vans and lorries unloading programmes, sound equipment and even a delivery of flowers.

When we were admitted to the Lyceum we were shown into the auditorium in front of the stage and the plays director Vicky Featherstone and NTS Press Officer Andrew Neilson went through the programme.

I had met Vicky Featherstone and Andrew Neilson previously at a Social Media Call at the Traverse Theatre and was made to feel very welcome.

Vicky said that the programme would consist of a few key scenes from the play. These scenes were acted through twice to give the photographers a chance to line up their shots. This was very advantageous for the less experienced attendees such as myself.

Abi Morgan’s play “27” is an examination of a lifestyle in decline, but one whose dignity and faith could hold the key to the issues of our time – our ageing population and the decline of our minds. This is an important and human play about loneliness, ageing, science and the loss of sense of self.

Nicholas Le Provost and Maureen Beattie in a scene from 27

The play is based on research carried out by David Snowdon which is contained within the book Ageing with Grace.

After agreeing to the study Doctor Richard Garfield and his team come to the convent every year to test the nuns who are willing to take part. This union will change their lives forever. For Ursula the study brings more challenges than she could ever have imagined and rocks her faith and her hitherto cloistered existence to its core.

When the on stage performances finished we were given the opportunity to talk to members of the cast, Maureen Beattie and Emma Hartley-Miller. The director Vicky Featherstone also joined us in the Lyceum Bar.

Emma, Maureen and Vicky in Lyceum Bar

Vicky went through the challenges she encountered in directing this complex play. Maureen Beattie and Vicky spent some time at a convent while “27” was in pre-production and spoke of their admiration of the nuns they met.

Emma talks about 27Maureen and Emma spoke about how, as a group, the cast had discussed and moulded the play. They also said the cast had fallen in love with the play and their characters.

Abi Morgan and Jenny Watt who had done a lot of the research for the play both attended the Media Call.

The set and costumes were designed by Merle Hansel, lighting design by Natasha Chivers and sound design and music composed by Nick Powell.

The full cast is: Maureen Beattie (Sister Ursula Mary), Emma Hartley-Miller (Audrey Marie Hague), Finn den Hertog (Dr. Sam Parker), Molly Innes (Sister Ruth Augustine), Libby King (Dr. Helen Jarvis), Colette O’Neil (Sister Miriam Masden), Nicholas Le Provost (Dr. Richard Garfield) and Benny Young (Dr. Jonathan Lees).

Visit The Royal Lyceum Theatre Website for additional discussions about “27”.

The National Theatre of Scotland Website.

The world première of ’27’ runs at The Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 25th October to Saturday 12th November 2011.

Performances Tuesday – Saturday Evenings at 19:45pm and Matinees, Wednesdays and Saturdays, at 14:30pm on 26th & 29th (October) and 2nd, 5th & 12th (November).

Another scene from 27


West Port Book Festival Programme 2011 Launch

On Wednesday the 21st of September a crowd of literary enthusiasts gathered inside Edinburgh Books in the West Port for the Launch of the West Port Book Festival Programme. There was plenty of cup-cakes and refreshments to get everyone in a good mood.

Hannah Adcock welcoming everyone to launchHannah Adcock welcomed everyone to the launch and gave us an update of the Festival and the choice of the October date.

Hannah also told us about the fundraising through Broke to Book Festival in 50 days with IndieGoGo.

Continuing, Hannah also mentioned that there was a chance to do some live Tweeting using the hash tag #LoveBookshops

Hannah had some very good news in the form of a new bookshop that is going to open in the area, Pulp Fiction in Bread Street. More information below.

After making all welcome Hannah handed over to Peggy Hughes to launch the programme.

Peggy telling everyone about the West Port Touch Mobile AppPeggy started by telling us about the Mobile App (West Port Touch) that allows people to browse the programme on their mobile phones. The App is free to download, try it now, and was supplied by Trevor Mills, a.k.a. Top Quark.

A big round of applause and a big thank you was given to Trevor for his work in supplying the App.

After distributing the 2011 West Port Festival Book Festival Programmes, which is now available live on the West Port Book Festival Website.

West Port Book Festival Programme

When all had a copy of the programme, Peggy thanked all the Sponsors, Advertisers, Printers, Venues and all who had donated through IndieGoGo for their support and wished all who had turned up a very good evening.

The guest list is too long to put here, but just to mention a few, Emily Dodd, Andy Wightman, Chris Scott, Dilan Moran, Al Innes, Steve Rapaport, Claire Stewart, Woodstock Taylor, Michael MacLeod, Colin Fraser and a great many more.

And before I forget a Great Big Thank you to Nicola who was our barmaid for the evening and worked tirelessly throughout the night supplying all with refreshments in good measure.

Nicola serving tirelessly at the Bar

More launch pictures from Chris Scott @chrisdonia available here.

Pulp Fiction leafletPulp Fiction
One of the best pieces of news on the evening was the news that a new bookshop ‘Pulp Fiction’ was opening on the 29th September.

Proprietor Steve Rapaport of ‘Pulp Fiction’ was present to provide information about his new shop.

Steve said the shop will be Edinburgh’s most comprehensive genre-fiction bookshop.

A spacious community venue, it will offer thousands of recent and classic mystery, fantasy, romance, crime, and science fiction novels, accompanied by tea, sofas, events and music.

Art on the walls will generally be arresting and usually for sale.

Cakes may be present.

Come for a ripping good yarn and a latte, and emerge a week or a decade later, shaking off stun rays, enchantments, seduction or spycraft.

Pulp Fiction
43 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AH
Tel: 0131 229 4444

Pulp Fiction opens on Thursday 29th September 2011.

Books piling up for sale at the new bookshop Pulp Fiction, Bread Street

Edinbuzzers buzzing at McDonald Road Library.

Edinbuzzers at McDonald Road Library

Recently I had another dose of medicine and treatment from the #Edinbuzz Social Media Surgeons at McDonald Road Library. Well worth it, some really helpful tips from #BeatbloggerMike.

Among the eight Surgeons present were #prettysimple, #iaindbrown, #LockhartL, #tomallan, #ScotlandPhotos and #auntyemily who had a great story to tell us about #Adsthepoet when she joined some of us later in the Windsor Buffet.

Windsor Buffet, Leith Walk

If you get the chance to go to on one of these Surgeries, take it. It will improve your Social Media skills.