Yer Granny Review
Glasgow Living were privileged enough to be invited along to the opening of Yer Granny at the Kings Theatre. Starring Gregor Fisher, as the 100 year old matriarch eating her chip shop owning family out of house and home.
A remake of the smash hit Argentinian play La Nona written by Roberto Cossa, Yer Granny has a cast incorporating some of the biggest names in Scottish television and radio.
Barbara Rafferty (Ella, Rab C Nesbitt) as a speed dealing drug dealer auntie, Jonathan Watson as Cammy the delusional chip shop owning patriarch willing to sacrifice everything except his pride.
Paul Riley (Winston, Still Game) as the sponging younger brother, with delusions of grandeur and unacheivable expectations of musical talent.
Brian Pettifer as the rival chip shop owning 80 year letch with more than a passing interest for Louise McCarthy, the “blonde” bombshell daughter.
With Yer Granny’s set so authentic it could be ripped straight out of the 70’s, the action takes place in the open plan kitchen and living room, meaning there is more focus on Douglas Maxwell’s tight script and more scope on interaction amongst the cast.
Watching Gregor Fisher, skulk around the stage as the centenarian achieving, food devouring, one woman wrecking crew is quite hilarious. “Whit ye got there? Whit ye got there?” She cries, looking for anything else edible to destroy.
Two particularly favourite moments, the audience revelled in, was Granny after failing to catch toast from the toaster picking it off the ground and eating it anyway, and also Jonathan Watson catching an apple thrown from across the room, for a moment it seemed the entire cast winked at the audience. Such small, inconsequential moments, yet helping bring the cast and audience closer together.
Yer Granny is not without its dark content (much like life in Scotland.) The blackest of humour, Maureen Beattie, as the wife, separates from the husband, leading the characters remaining, to hold down the family fort, whilst each descending further into darker and darker territory.
Lets just say that Louise McCarthy eventually has a more hands on approach to helping Brian Pettifer’s rival chip shop owner.
Whilst never forgetting that the 100 year old granny with the indestructible appetite is always mooching away in the background foraging to eventually sate her appetite.
Although Yer Granny has real hilarious content, it could be considered close to a Dramedy, however thanks to Douglas Maxwell’s tightly honed script, a brilliant cast and excellent direction, Yer Granny never forgets its funny bone and will surely be in line to receive awards come award season.
Brilliant, and well worth a night out to the theatre.
Many thanks to Jane and Emma at National Theatre of Scotland for their hospitality.