Mull Theatre’s touring production of the Michael Healey play The Drawer Boy visited Rothesay this week - and reinforced the company’s reputation for taking top-quality drama to the communities on its patch.
The Drawer Boy was inspired by a landmark Canadian theatrical project undertaken in 1972, which saw a group of actors head out into the rural heartland of southern Ontario to interview local farmers and their families.
The results of those interviews were used to create The Farm Show, which in turn inspired Michael Healey to write The Drawer Boy in 1999 - a powerful ‘play about a play’ which was described in the programme as a “tribute to the power of theatre”.
The Mull production starred Barrie Hunter as Morgan, the farmer who doubles as friend and carer to Angus (played by Alasdair McCrone), left with little or no long-term memory as a result of an accident, with Kevin Lennon as Miles, the well-meaning but naive actor sent to find out what he can about farming.
The play was something of a slow burner to begin with, but once it caught fire it moved along at a cracking pace, with heartfelt and engaging performances from all three cast members and a storyline which kept the audience gripped throughout.
* More on The Drawer Boy in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 10.