Hot ticket for a hot show!

Michael Kelly - with tickets for his show
Michael Kelly - with tickets for his show

THE success of a local author’s first stage play left him thinking he was about to miss his big night after tickets sold out.

But the Gazette and staff at OnFife, the organisation that helps promote arts and culture in the region, have come together to guarantee that Leslie author, Michael Kelly, won’t be missing a second of his play- ‘And All The Ladies Love A Right Guid Gab’, when it comes to the Carnegie Hall next week.

Having given away his own tickets for a Gazette competition and hearing that the show was now a sell-out, Michael realised he didn’t have a ticket for himself.

“I’m over the moon to hear that there has been a lot of interest and the night had sold out - but because of that I wasn’t sure I’d be getting in” said Michael.

But the OnFife team have made sure he will witness his work played out before a Fife audience.

Verdi Clark, programme manager, said: “We are delighted with the success so far for ‘Guid Gab’, in fact.

‘‘It’s been so successful here in Fife, that we have added three new dates across our venues, later in the spring.

“It really has been a hit with audiences and we weren’t surprised when Michael himself was worried he wouldn’t get a seat.

“We have of course saved a ticket for Michael to see his show later this month, on its first date in Fife, and we do hope audiences are wowed in February and later in May when we bring it back for those who missed out first time around.”

The show,billed as a Fife version of ‘The Steamie’ has already been entertaining packed audiences at Glasgow’s famous Cottiers Theatre, before it moves on to dates at Dundee, Dumfries and Cumbernauld.

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And because of the play’s success it has prompted a further three nights to be scheduled as part of a mini Fife tour.

The stage play will now entertain audiences across Fife with dates at Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy on May 30, a return to Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline on the 31 and Rothes Halls on June 1.

It’s producer is internationally accalimed and award-winning writer Des Dillon, whose own credits include Me And My Gal, Six Black Candles and Singin’ Am No’ A Billy He’s A Tim.

Des was pleased with the way the play had been received by the Glasgow audiences and was sure there would be a similar reaction when it was performed for Fifers.

He added: “Michael came to see it in rehearsals but he won’t recognise it by the time it comes to Fife, the cast and crew have got it down to a finely tuned production.”