Livingston Players bring Blackfriars Wynd to stage

Blackfriars Wynd. Picture: Comp
Blackfriars Wynd. Picture: Comp
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The Livingston Players may perform in West Lothian, but their latest production has its heart set firmly in the Capital.

Blackfriars Wynd is set in Devlin’s Bar, a turn-of-the-century dram shop, notorious as a haunt for hard drinkers, gamblers and those on the shady side of the law.

Yet a surprising cross section of Edinburgh life finds their way to this ‘Paradise,’ including MacLaverty, the Victorian detective, and Alison Burnet, a minister’s daughter who wants to reform the world. Not forgetting the mysterious Velvetcoat.

Set in the late 19th century, Devlin’s Bar boasts gamblers, pimps, prostitutes and proletarian heroes who talk and sing of man’s endurance against the odds.

As respectability and justice clash, will society blame the poor for being poor and is there really one law for the rich and another for the down-trodden?

Like the wicked of Devlin’s, there’s no rest for the Players either - they’re already planning their next production.

The company, which boasts more than 50 members, ranging in age from 16-70, will stage the amateur premiere of Donna Franceschild’s adaptation of the BBC drama Takin’ Over The Asylum at the Howden Park Centre, Livingston from 3-5 October.

Blackfriars Wynd, Brian Duguid Auditorium/Howden Park Centre, Livingston, until tomorrow, 7.30pm, £12, 01506-777 666