Theatre previews: Takin’ Over The Asylum | The Donahue Sisters

Livingston Players. Pic: Comp
Livingston Players. Pic: Comp
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TWO for the price of one - that’s the promise from Livingston Players at The Brian Duguid Auditorium, Howden, tonight and tomorrow.

Brian Duguid Auditorium, Howden, tonight and tomorrow

And what a double bill. The West Lothian drama club present the amateur premiere of Takin’ Over The Asylum by Donna Franceschild, followed by the award-winning play The Donahue Sisters.

In Takin Over The Asylum, Ready Eddie McKenna, soul survivor and double-glazing salesman arrives to re-launch a defunct hospital radio station in a psychiatric unit and turns more than the ramshackle station upside-down. Armed only with his soul music record collection, Eddie transforms the patients’ lives and his own.

Directed by John Hutchinson, the cast features Craig Potter as Eddie, with Alistair Thomas, John Ward, Jeff Robinson, Chris Constance, Judith Hutchinson, Lynne Hurst, Pam Murray, Carol Collier, Jess Bowman and Bev Boon.

Livi Players’ production of The Donahue Sisters made the final of the SCDA One Act play Festival in Pitlochry after sweeping the boards at the Eastern division and Edinburgh District Finals. Set in the attic of the family home in Ireland, it tells the story of three sisters, re-united through their father’s illness.

Awaiting the death of their father, three sisters talk about their unhappy lives long into the night. The time then comes for a ritual re-enactment of a violent incident from their childhood. When the ritual is complete, things return to normal and the women seem to have found answers to their problems. Or have they?

Director by Ronnie Barnes, the sisters are Kate Halliday, Annie Townsend and Sammy Jo Dodds.

Takin’ Over The Asylum and The Donahue Sisters, Brian Duguid Auditorium, Howden, tonight and tomorrow, 7.15pm, £12, 01506-777 666