THREE well known Scottish actors, Jonathan Watson, Paul Riley and Maureen Beattie, are coming to Inverness next year in the National Theatre of Scotland’s new comedy, Yer Granny.
Adapted by popular Scottish playwright, Douglas Maxwell, from hit Argentinian play La Nona, his relocates the setting to a Scots-Italian family fish and chip shop, where the 100-year old grandmother is eating her relations out of house and home.
Jonathan Watson, who plays head of the Russo clan, Cammy Russo, is currently appearing as Bob Servant’s sidekick Frank in BBC Scotland’s comedy series Bob Servant.
His annual Scottish football comedy Hogmanay sketch show Only A Excuse is due to broadcast again this year on BBC Scotland and he will be appearing live at Glasgow’s Òran Mór during the festive season in Watson’s Wind-Up Christmas Cracker.
Paul Riley is best known for his role as Winston Ingram in the Scottish sitcom Still Game, the live stage show version of which recently finished a 21 night run at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. He plays Charlie Russo, Cammy’s brother.
Maureen Beattie has performed with theatre companies all over the UK, including Stellar Quines, the Royal Court, Shakespeare’s Globe, Theatre Babel and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Television, film and radio work includes Lewis, Midsomer Murders, The Bill, The Chief, All Night Long and Can You Hear Me?
She played the lead role in the National Theatre of Scotland’s critically acclaimed production 27 as well as appearing in Enquirer. She plays Cammy’s wife, Marie.
As proud head of the family, Cammy is determined that The Minerva Fish Bar will rise again and that family honour will be restored — and all in time for the Queen’s impending Jubilee visit. But before Cammy’s dream can come true and before Her Maj can pop in for a chat, a single sausage and a Royal seal of approval, the family members must ask themselves how far they will go to solve a problem like Yer Granny…
La Nona premiered in Buenos Aires in 1977. In the UK, the play was first produced for the stage by Attic Theatre Company at Wimbledon Studios, London in 1995. A BBC TV version of La Nona was broadcast in 1991 as part of the Performance series, starring Les Dawson as the granny, in a cast that also featured Liz Smith, Jane Horrocks, Jim Broadbent and Timothy Spall.
"When I first read Douglas Maxwell’s version of Argentina’s greatest comedy, I laughed so violently that my ten year old daughter rose from her bed, convinced I was being attacked," Graham McLaren, director of Yer Granny, said.
"If you imagine the satire of Dario Fo with the humour of Rab C Nesbitt, you will get a feel for Yer Granny."
The play comes to Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, from the 9th to 13th June, 2015.