The Steamie has become a classic piece of Scottish theatre, loved and known by many. This has its pros and cons for any company putting on a production of it; the audience know what to expect, but they also know every word of the show, so the actors better not make any mistakes! Leitheatre’s production was perfect in every way – the acting, singing, the set, lighting, sound, costumes – it was hard to believe this was an amateur community theatre group.
The four main characters of Doreen (Alix Spinks), Dolly (Phyllis Ross), Magrit (Alison Kennedy) and Mrs Culfeathers (Sally Pagan) are so well-played, it’s like meeting up with much-loved old friends. They are each very distinct characters – Doreen the newly-wed with dreams of moving to a house in Drumchapel, Dolly the slightly gullible one, Magrit the loud and world-weary woman who’s soft underneath that hard exterior, and elderly Mrs Culfeathers, lonely and still taking in washing to earn a bit of money. The programme describes The Steamie as “a tale of love, life, laughter and laundry…”, and these elements are all there in abundance, especially the laughter. If you know the play, you probably already know all about Mrs Culfeathers and Galloway’s mince but, like the rest of the stories, it doesn’t lose any of its humour in the retelling.
This show was simply two hours of sheer enjoyment. It’s on until Saturday 18th August, so if you want a couple of hours of laughter, get on down to The Steamie.
Review by Lisa Sibbald
Inverleith St Serf's Church Centre - Main Hall
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Aug 4, 6-11, 13-18
Country: United Kingdom - Scotland