A new take on a beloved stage show

One of Scotland’s best-loved shows will be returning to stages in Angus and Dundee next month – but with a definite twist.

Friday, 30th June 2023, 3:29pm
A new take on a beloved stage show

‘Dragged tae the Steamie’ is the first official authorised drag adaptation of ‘The Steamie’ by Tony Roper, with songs by Dave Anderson.

Four professional male actors – Darren Brownlie, Grant F Kidd, Stewart W Fraser and James T Smith – with experience in drag will portray the four iconic female characters, while a professional female actor, Kirsty Whyte, will play the stereotypical male role.

Why Drag? The company’s aim is to bring a memorable adaptation of ‘The Steamie’ to a new audience who are familiar with drag performance but may not have experienced traditional theatre. Conversely, its hopes to promote the art form of drag to an unfamiliar theatre audience.

A spokesperson for Dragged Tae Productions said: “During a sell-out run at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in 2022, many of our audience members described it as ‘essential viewing’, ‘hilarious’, and ‘inspiring’.

"We hope that this production will encourage audience members to seek out more live theatre across Scotland, especially Scottish texts.”

As part of its first Scottish tour, the show will play at Brechin City Hall on Friday, July 7; The Gardyne Theatre in Dundee on Tuesday, July 11 and The Webster Theatre in Arbroath onTuesday, July 18.

The performances will also help to raise funds and awareness for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital, and Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in Glasgow, which is the oldest surviving original music hall in the world where Stan Laurel made his stage debut in 1906.

It is an ongoing conservation project and the venue that first hosted ‘Dragged tae the Steamie’ and it is a charity close to the heart of Dragged Tae Productions Ltd, Tony Roper and Dave Anderson (who are both patrons of the Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall SCIO).

Tickets the Brechin performance can be booked via Eventbrite, via the Dundee City Box Office for the Gardyne show and TicketSource for The Webster.

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