THE show will not go on for Play Pieces Shorts evening of short drama and sketches — at least not for the moment.
An offshoot of the Play Pieces lunchtime theatre showcase of north drama talent, which is now in its third season, Play Pieces Shorts had been scheduled to make its first appearance at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (IMAG) on Thursday, but the whole event has not been cancelled after it became apparent it would not be possible to perform some key elements of the programme.
Rather than risk a lackluster evening, Play Pieces director Lindsay Brown has opted to cancel the event and use the time to plan for a bigger and better event in the new year.
"It is disappointing because we were so happy to be using Inverness Museum and we had some great new writers and great new actors taking part," Brown said.
"Hopefully we will be able to keep them on board for Play Pieces Shorts in the future. The other bit of good news was that we raised more money for Shorts this year than we have in the past and a lot of people have told us to keep it and use it for the next event."
There is better news for Play Pieces’ lunchtime slot, which has been enjoying sell out successes in its new home the Phoenix Bar on Academy Street in Inverness.
With Play Pieces now expanding to Moray for the first time, its Elgin home The Drouthy Cobbler is also reporting sell out success, despite the Elgin performances taking place on Friday, the day before Inverness’s Saturday slot.
"This is the position we always wanted to be in, selling out well in advance," Brown said.
"And George Maclean at The Phoenix has been wonderful. It’s a great location, slap bang in the city centre, and people really enjoy his hospitality as well."
Play Pieces lunchtime season continues this weekend with Beyond The Trenches.
Written and performed by Rebecca Martin and Nicholas Ralph, who previous presented work at Play Pieces Shorts, and directed by well known Inverness actor Jimmy Chisholm, it is an apt choice for Remembrance Week in the story of how former solider Robbie MacLean tries to come with his experiences on the Western Front.
"As well as the fact that it explores a very contemporary issue in post-traumatic stress, it also ties in very well with the awareness of the centenary of the First World War," Brown said.
"It greatly affected communities up here and the play explores the relationship between a young couple, but also the impact on the wider community. It’s wonderful that we were able to programme it for November."