Four decades and family troubles

Photo by John Johnson
Photo by John Johnson

FAMILY feuds may be the topic at Eastwood Park Theatre this week — but for Borderline Theatre, it’s more of a coming together celebration.

The Ayrshire-based company presents the first Scottish tour of A Slow Air — a story written and directed by Olivier winner David Harrower, which opened at the Tron in 2011 before making it to Edinburgh, New York and London.

Giffnock is next up on the tour, which also marks Borderline’s 40th anniversary — and there’s a post-show talk with producer and chief executive Eddie Jackson on the Saturday to mark the occasion.

As for the story, it’s about Morna and Athol — a brother and sister who haven’t been in touch for nearly 15 years.

Nowadays Morna’s in Edinburgh, working as a cleaner, and Athol’s in Renfrewshire running his own flooring business.

Morna’s son Joshua has invited them both to his birthday party in Linlithgow (something of a halfway point) — but before either shows face, they’re revisiting the past, and the events which caused such a bitter rift between them.

A Slow Air is billed as funny, poignant piece about two lives on either side of the country, each telling the same compelling story — and with 40 years under Borderline’s belt, it’s a safe bet for a spot of weekend theatrics.

The show runs at Eastwood Park on Saturday and Sunday (April 12-13), 7.30pm.

Tickets are £13 (£11 concession, £9 student) from 577 4956 or www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk.