Actor and director David Hayman returned to the Rothesay stage this week as the one-man play ‘The Pitiless Storm’, written by Chris Dolan, continued its Scottish tour.
The play, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews during its Edinburgh Fringe run last month, features Bob Cunningham, an old-fashioned dyed-in-the-wool socialist, Labour supporter and trade unionist, who finds himself plagued by voices from his past as he faces a crisis of conscience ahead of the referendum vote.
Hayman - appearing in Rothesay for the first time since performing Rony Bridges’ solo piece Six and a Tanner in November 2011 - is a confirmed Yes supporter and long-time independence campaigner who approached Dolan to write the piece specifically for him in the run-up to September 18, and as such there’s no attempt to mask the political message of the piece.
A question-and-answer session follows each performance of the play, and, at least from the questions posed by his Rothesay Pavilion audience, it appeared Hayman was largely, if not entirely, preaching to the converted. But as a piece of theatre it was raw, dramatic and emotional, brilliantly scripted and powerfully performed and hugely enjoyable as a result.
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