Playwright hits a comical note

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Ailie Hunter is something of a renaissance gal: painter, scriptwriter and novelist — all in one package.

Now, she can add playwright to her list of accomplishments, as her first stage work, Gripped, is about to be performed — and it’s one that hits home for some of us.

Ms Hunter’s theme for her comedy play is set with a newsroom as its backdrop.

Nick is a newsman, but so much more as well — he’s a womaniser.

As he works his way around the office, he encounters one woman who is not at all what she seems.

She holds a deep, dark secret which takes our Nick quite unexpectedly.

And all of this chaos adds to the already chaotic atmosphere, as they battle to meet their deadline.

The Extra caught up with Ailie as she was rushing about putting the finishing touches to the performance.

She said: “It’s a big job putting on a show, especially one with such a large cast in a proper theatre. I am excited to be doing it but it’s also a little scary.

“The downside is the amount of work in getting a show together.

“Being a director is a lonely job as you’re separate from the rest of the people involved and telling people where to move and when — it’s incredibly intricate, even though it doesn’t look it.”

Gripped is being performed at Cottiers Theatre in the westend tomorrow and Saturday (May 23-24). Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc) and are available on the door. Performances begin at 8pm.