The Fringe at the Royal Scots Cluc

The Grads Skirt
by Claire Wood

A brand new darkly funny play exploring gender and politics in modern day Scotland

Becs is a single mum and leader of the opposition party in Scotland.  Oldest daughter Ellie is about to go off to university while Neve is still at primary school and struggling.

Becs has been offered the chance to head up the party at Westminster. But her mum has early onset Alzheimers. Her best friend Nina needs a bolt hole. And Becs isn’t quite sure that she could do the job anyway.

Inspired by a Daily Mail front page featuring a photo of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon in skirts alongside the headline, “LEGS-IT”, skirt explores whether women are really free to choose in contemporary Scotland.

Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare
BACK
May 1945: the war is over.

The Prince and his courtiers, returned from the Western Front, have come to visit Leonata and her household.  Upon arrival, Claudio falls madly in love with the fair Hero and sets out to woo her. Not content with their own joy, they conspire to bring their long-suffering cousins Beatrice and Benedick together.  But love is a battlefield and Dame Joan, the Prince’s misanthropic illegitimate sister, won’t be content until everyone’s new-found bliss has been shot down. Her weapons, a slyly whispered word at a masked ball and shadows viewed at the window, threaten to undo everyone’s happiness.  But all is not lost as curtain twitching, busybody neighbour Dogberry and her hen-pecked husband may yet hold the key to everyone’s happiness.

Will true love conquer all?  Will Joan’s plot be uncovered?  Will Beatrice and Benedick ever stop bickering?!