Midmar Hall set to host Doric plays

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Midmar Village Hall will be the venue for two Doric plays by Charles Barron - Evie and As the Bat at Noon.

Both plays are set in the present, in Aberdeen, but are in contrasting styles.

Evie, a Doric comedy, is a revival of the much-loved one-woman play, starring Yvonne Morton. Evie is approaching her 70th birthday, an occasion which encourages her to reminisce with irrepressible good humour about the highlights of her life. Her tongue is as biting as ever; her wit as sharp, her humour as lively and her opinions as fiendish, but now there is no-one to hear except Tutankhamen – and he would rather sleep in his basket, dreaming of mice and milk. Evie is an Aberdonian to her fingertips and about to experience a huge change in her way of life.

Charles wrote the play for Yvonne in 2002 and she has made it very much her own. It has been revived several times over the years, including a previous Fleeman tour in 2006.

As the Bat at Noon, a Doric thriller, is the story of two men, one of them blind (played by Brian McDonald), and the other (played by Scott Neish) a young petty criminal, who breaks into the blind man’s house.

In the resulting confrontation between them, who will prove to have the upper hand? On the face of it, the blind man must be at a disadvantage but he has some tricks up his sleeve.

It is a much older play than Evie, having been written in 1970 while Charles was lecturing in Glasgow. The performance is at Midmar Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday, February 10.