Tutti Fruitti to be performed at John Byrne gala dinner

Extracts from John Byrne’s classic drama Tutti Frutti will be performed on stage in Edinburgh at a gala dinner to be held in honour of the celebrated artist and writer.

Wednesday, 12th June 2019, 3:00 pm
Artist and playwright John Byrne

Still Game star Gavin Mitchell, who plays Boaby the Barman in the hit sitcom, will join forces with actress Clare Waugh, his co-star in the recent hit stage adaptation of Casablanca, to revive Byrne’s characters from his iconic rock ’n’ roll drama.

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They will be recreating scenes from the BBC series, which was recently repeated on its new channel, at Lyon & Turnbull auction house, which is playing host to “The Byrne Supper” tomorrow.

Billed as a celebration of “the remarkable life and work of one of Scotland’s most distinctive and respected artists and playwrights”, it has been organised by Edinburgh-based arts charity The Iris Initiative, which hopes to raise more than £50,000 for its work.

Byrne has been patron of the charity since its inception a decade ago and has put his name to an annual creative arts prize open to 19- to 30-year-olds. The John Byrne Award attracted than 4,000 entries this year.