Is there another show like it? The Steamie is a play so beloved by audiences that they don’t just recognise the songs – those bittersweet ballads written by David Anderson – they also greet the big speeches like old friends. The one in which the aging Mrs Culfeathers expounds her theory about Galloway‘s mince arrives like a familiar aria, with half the audience mouthing along.
“I’ve had people quote whole chunks of songs and text to me when I’ve told them I’m doing it,” says Edinburgh’s Becky Hope-Palmer who is directing the play at Dundee Rep with the resident ensemble. “If one of the actors goes down, we’ll have a queue round the block.” [READ MORE]