AN acclaimed theatre scriptwriter and director from Largs says he can't wait to bring his smash hit show 'back home' tomorrow night.

Andy McGregor's 'Crocodile Rock' arrives at Barrfields Theatre as part of a national tour - and he is delighted friends and family will at last be able to see the big production live.

Set in 1997, it is based on fictional Millport resident Steven McPhail, who is 17 and is working out what to do with the rest of his life.

Everything changes when a chance encounter with a drag queen shows Steven a world he never knew existed.

Andy, 41, says bringing the show to Largs will be a special moment for him.

He told the News: "I'm very excited. I think it's a show that people of all ages and walks of life will enjoy. There's a lot people will recognise, none more so than the awkward teenager growing up in small town Scotland.

"We have been waiting a long time for Crocodile Rock to reach Largs, and there are plenty of local references for people to look out for..

"A key memory from my childhood was when the Largs Academy school bell rang six times which meant that pupils living in Millport had to go and get the ferry as adverse weather was due, and if the ferry was cancelled, they had to go and stay with a family here.

"This is what happens to Steven when he has his chance encounter and it is a very important moment, and of course, all based on fact.

"I spent most of my life in Barrfields Theatre, so I am really looking forward to it."

Andy says the play is also about appreciating the beauty of the local landscape and scenery we are blessed with.

The show will be supported by opening play 'A New Life', which is also written by Andy.

Andy said: "They are both two very different shows, both unusual and hopefully enjoyable in their own way.

"Two shows in one was a big ask and I'm more than grateful to our brilliant team of technicians, designers, makers and actors that have helped us create them.

"I don't want to go to the theatre and be depressed, and hopefully our audience will leave with a smile on its face. A key when writing Crocodile Rock was to find a way in that it was be light and fun but pull some punches as it climaxes."

It will be curtain up from 7.30pm, with tickets available on 01475 689 777 or by visiting