It's a simple concept: enjoy a play while having a pie and a pint during your lunch hour! Serving lunchtime drama since 2004, A Play, A Pie and A Pint at the the Òran Mór in Glasgow is now on its 23rd season. Founded by renowned Scottish actor, David MacLennan, the theatre commissions and produces 38 plays a year.
The play is less than an hour long and the cost of a ticket (£12.50) also includes a pie and a pint. The aim is to draw people into the theatre who might not be traditional theatregoers. The themes of the plays are very diverse. The theatre produces the work of many of Scotland’s best known writers, as well as presenting the work of new young playwrights. Looking to international talent, plays have also been put on from writers from Latin America, the Arab World, China, West Africa and the Caribbean.
The theatre has seen audience grow so rapidly it can be hard to find a seat and occassionally pies are in short supply. With its success, it's no surprise The Play, Pie and Pint (PPP) model has delighted new audiences as far as Philadelphia and Moscow.
Learn more about the PPP concept at the Òran Mor here.
See how the PPP model has been interpreted in the United States here.
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