A new musical play by a Largs man is taking Scotland by storm, writes Drew Cochrane.
Sleeping Warrior company, the brainchild of writer, composer and director Andy McGregor, who started off with Largs Players, is staging 'The Rise And Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petit' at the Harbour Arts Centre, on Thursday, October 6 as part of a tour around the country's theatres.
Based in Glasgow, Andrew's company brings a new, vibrant and unique work to the stage. The Largs man, who also teaches at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow, creates shows that are inventive, fun and distinctly Scottish, with new music at the heart of what he does....and, of course, he writes it all.
In his latest production, supported by Creative Scotland, there’s only one remarkable thing about Lucas Petit, and that is how unremarkable he is. The most exciting thing in his life is his weekly trip to the B&Q cafe - and that's just the way he likes it.
But, one day, a chance encounter with a tramp that may or not be God throws his whole world into disarray as he is cast headfirst into the murky world of organised crime and disorganised religion
With a cast of dozens (played by three actors) this is a fast and furious new comedy with songs.
Quirky, theatrical and witty, are some of the descriptions used by theatre critics.
Andrew, son of Allister and Kate McGregor , said: “I’m very interested in making shows that could only be done in the theatre."
He originally wrote it six years ago, when he was a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – at the time, it was the first show he had written for adults.
“Lucas Petit has been in my head since 2010 when, as a student at the RCS, I staged an early version of the show,” Andy added.
It will also be staged at Glasgow's Tron Theatre from October 12 to 15 as part of the Scottish tour. In recent years he has directed Largs Players in 'Little Voice' and co-directed 'The Cheviot, The Stag And The Black, Black Oil' with Maggie Kinloch.
See more info at sleepingwarriortheatre.com