Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti
A Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh co-production in association with DOT Theatre, Istanbul
THIS PRODUCTION TAKES PLACE AT TRAMWAY (25 ALBERT DRIVE, G41 2PE)
Brecht’s classic master and servant comedy is given a gender-switched adaptation by Denise Mina, award-winning crime novelist and playwright (The Detective Alex Morrow, Garnethill, and Paddy Meehan series, a graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy books).
When sober, landowner Mrs Puntila is a ruthless and avaricious capitalist overlord, but the minute drink is taken she becomes a kind and generous benefactor. Her shrewd chauffeur Matti spends his time extricating her from drunken mishaps while wooing her wayward daughter Eva, a match which will only be possible if Mrs Puntila can get over the class divide.
The role of Mrs Puntila will be played by Glasgow born Elaine C. Smith, one of Scotland’s most loved and recognised performers, having developed her skills at 7:84 and its off-shoot, the Wildcat theatre company. Her career spans 30 years in theatre, television and film, from starring roles in Two Doors Down (BBC) for which she won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Actress, City Lights (BBC) and Rab C Nesbitt (BBC), to the award-winning UK tours of Calendar Girls and the Susan Boyle musical I Dreamed a Dream, which she co-wrote with Alan McHugh.
DOT Theatre’s Murat Daltaban returns to direct this entertaining class-conscious comedy after his barn-storming production of Rhinoceros sold out at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2017.
Cast & Creative Team
Adapted by Denise Mina
Directed by Murat Daltaban
Starring Elaine C. Smith