The Scotsman 2 August 2022

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]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).