Talk of the steamie

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EVERY Glasgow punter knows the phrase “talk of the steamie”, and it may be on the tip of many a tongue this week.

The King’s Theatre is hosting the 25th anniversary gala performance of Tony Roper’s much-loved play The Steamie – and in anticipation of high ticket demand, they’ve even extended the run.

For those unfamiliar with the play – or the Channel 4 adaptation – it’s Hogmanay in a Glasgow wash house, and Dolly, Magrit, Doreen and Mrs Culfeathers are anxious to get the washing done before the bells.

After rejection by theatre companies across Scotland, it was first staged at Jordanhill College in May 1987, led by Roper’s Rab C Nesbitt co-star Elaine C Smith.

The author is directing the anniversary tour, and he commented: “In my late forties I sat down with a biro and a jotter, and wrote my first ever play. 25 years have since passed and The Steamie is still there, giving laughter and tears and touching that intangible something in an audience that has made it a favourite night out.

“My gratitude to all the actors, designers, directors and audiences over that quarter century who have made it happen. I am looking forward immensely to working with the marvellous and talented team in this production who will take it forward into the next 25 years”.

n The Steamie runs at the King’s from Monday until Saturday (tour returns May 22-26). Performances at 7.30pm, with Thurs and Sat matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £11-£27, from 0844 871 7648.