River City star set to grace Bute stage

Larry Sullivan and Libby McArthur enjoy a coffee at Port Bannatyne's post office before getting down to rehearsals for their 'Talking Tenements' performance at Rothesay Joint Campus on December 4.
Larry Sullivan and Libby McArthur enjoy a coffee at Port Bannatyne's post office before getting down to rehearsals for their 'Talking Tenements' performance at Rothesay Joint Campus on December 4.

Former River City star Libby McArthur may have left the Oyster Cafe in Shieldinch far behind - but she still has a taste for cafe culture, as The Buteman discovered when we met her in Port Bannatyne this week.

Libby, who played Gina Rossi in the BBC series, was enjoying a coffee with Larry Sullivan from the village’s post office as the pair prepare for a special performance in Rothesay as part of the local Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Libby and Larry, together with fellow actors Gaylie Runciman and Alison Clark, will play the parts of ‘Talking Tenements’ on Wednesday, December 4 as part of a project designed to make the next generation of householders aware of ways to save energy in their homes.

“If our young people understand the principles of energy saving in a world where energy is expensive,” Larry said, “they will be better conservers of the world’s precious resources.”

“This project ticks a lot of boxes for me,” Libby added. “I’ve always had a thing about tenements and all the trials, tribulations and joys they bring with them.

“They’re the best buildings in the world.”