Leslie playright gets date for the west end

Michael Kelly at home in Leslie with his play that has been picked up by Des Dillon
Michael Kelly at home in Leslie with his play that has been picked up by Des Dillon

LESLIE writer Michael Kelly has been given the date for the world premiere of his play on Glasgow’s West End, reports KEVIN QUINN.

‘And all because the Ladies love a right guid Gab’, put on by renowned writer Des Dillon’s Goldfish theatre company, begins its three-week run at the Cottiers Theatre in November, before touring Scotland and Ireland.

Writer Des Dillon, with his dog

Writer Des Dillon, with his dog

A delighted Michael Kelly explained that this play is part of a series:.

He said: “The only next better step is to have your play put on at the west end in London, he said. So for a Scottish play to be premiered at the west end of Glasgow is a dream come true.

“Hopefully it’s a success, then, who knows?

“I have written four plays all together with this story, this is the third in the series. So it’s like star wars!

“If this one is a success we would probably run the fourth one before the first and second.

“I’m not sure how involved I will be. This is all new to me. But I have learnt a lot already from Des. I’m indebted to that man for lots of things. Ever since I first met him he has been encouraging me.

“The very fact that I have got a play on at the west end- it give you credence as a writer.”

Mr Kelly said that he was disappointed he couldn’t premiere the play in his hometown of Leslie, blaming a lack of funding support locally.

The playright added that he would love to invite his inspiration to the premiere in November: “The rehearsals will start in August I think. We have read through the play in Glasgow. It felt great to see it brought to life, with professional actors.

“You will know who is playing the characters, but I’m not telling you who they are, I’m sworn to secrecy. But I can say there is no truth in the rumour that Elaine C Smith and Barbara Rafferty are taking part.

“I would love to invite Susan Boyle to the premiere of the play due to the inspiration I have taken form her.”

Des Dillon, the man behind ‘Six Black Candles’ and ‘Singing I’m no a Billy he’s a Tim’, believes Mr Kelly can push on from this production.

He said: “Michael Kelly’s writing has been ignored for far too long. ‘And all because the Ladies love a right guid Gab’ will put him squarely on the map and more importantly give the audience a right guid night out.”