Well known Scottish TV actor Gregor Fisher will be playing Yer Granny, in the National Theatre of Scotland’s new gallus comedy of the same name which tours Scotland in 2015. Also announced as joining the cast are Brian Pettifer, (recently seen in BBC TV’s The Musketeers), Barbara Rafferty, (Rab C Nesbitt) and Louise McCarthy (London West End’s Mamma Mia!)  They will join Jonathan Watson, Paul Riley and Maureen Beattie, also known to audiences for their popular stage, screen and comedy performances.

A bold and riotous new comedy, adapted by popular Scottish playwright, Douglas Maxwell, set in a Scots-Italian family fish and chip shop, Yer Granny, is a new adaptation of Roberto La Cossa’s La Nona, Argentina’s favourite play. The production is touring to Scotland’s large theatre stages from 19 May to 4 July 2015, visiting Greenock, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Dundee as well as a run in Belfast.   

ABOUT YER GRANNY

National Theatre of Scotland presents the World Premiere of  Yer Granny

From the original Argentinian play La Nona written in Spanish by Roberto Cossa

In a new English version by Douglas Maxwell, Literal translation by Kathy Khorrami

and directed by Graham McLaren

Scotland, 1977. The Minerva Fish Bar has been shuttered and empty for a long time.

Out of business. Bust. But not for sale! Never!

One day – so the family credo has it – she shall rise again and all will be well….

Yer Granny is a riotous new comedy, about a diabolical 100-year-old granny who’s literally eating her family out of house and home.  She’s already eaten their fish and chip shop into bankruptcy and now she’s working her way through their kitchen cupboards, pushing the Russo family to desperate measures just to survive.

As proud head of the family, Cammy is determined that The Minerva Fish Bar will rise again and that family honour will be restored – and all in time for the Queen’s impending Jubilee visit. But before Cammy’s dream can come true and before Her Maj can pop in for a chat, a single sausage and a Royal seal of approval, the family members must ask themselves how far they will go to solve a problem like Yer Granny

Yer Granny is the first Scottish adaptation of Argentina’s biggest smash-hit comedy.

Yer Granny has been adapted by award-winning playwright Douglas Maxwell (A Respectable Widow Takes to VulgarityMiracle ManIf Destroyed True) from Argentina’s most popular and provocative play, and is directed by National Theatre of Scotland Associate Director Graham McLaren (In Time O’ StrifeThe Tin ForestA Christmas Carol).

La Nona premiered in Buenos Aires in 1977. In the UK, the play was first produced for the stage by Attic Theatre Company at Wimbledon Studios, London in 1995. A BBC TV version of La Nona was broadcast in 1991 as part of thePerformance series, starring Les Dawson as the granny, in a cast that also featured Liz Smith, Jane Horrocks, Jim Broadbent and Timothy Spall.

Full performance schedule and cast details to follow.   Join the conversation:  #YerGranny

Touring to:  The Beacon, Greenock (19 and 21 May, 2015); The King’s Theatre, Glasgow (26 to 30 May, 2015); The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh (2 to 6 June, 2015); Eden Court, Inverness (9 to 13 June, 2015); Lyric Theatre, Belfast (23 to 27 June, 2015); Dundee Rep , Dundee (30 June to 4 July, 2015).

Tickets are on sale at The King’s Theatre, Glasgow and The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh. Other venues will be on sale later this month.

CAST BIOGS

Gregor Fisher is renowned for his performances in a host of much-loved Scottish television comedy series such as Rab C NesbittThe Tales of Para HandyCity Lights and Naked Video. Other television credits include the recent feature drama Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like ThisOliver TwistGormenghastThe Railway Children and Kidnapped. Film credits include Love ActuallyWild Target and Lassie. He has recently appeared in stage productions of The Wizard of Oz and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and has also appeared in productions at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Dundee Rep. Gregor will play the title role in Yer Granny, his first appearance in a National Theatre of Scotland production.

Jonathan Watson is currently appearing as Bob Servant’s sidekick Frank in BBC Scotland’s comedy series Bob Servant (BBC Scotland in 2014 and BBC4 in 2015).  His annual Scottish football comedy Hogmanay sketch show Only A Excuse is due to broadcast again this year on BBC Scotland. He will be appearing live at Glasgow’s Òran Mór during the festive season in Watson’s Wind-Up Christmas Cracker.  Jonathan will return to our screens in the New Year in BBC3 comedy series Fried.  In Yer Granny Jonathan plays head of the Russo clan, Cammy Russo.

Paul Riley is best known for his role as Winston Ingram in the Scottish sitcom Still Game, the live stage show version of which recently finished a 21 night run at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Other TV work includes Chewin’ the Fat andDear Green Place. Paul’s previous work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Glasgow ScrapbookThe Tin Forest opening event and An Appointment with the Wicker Man.  Paul plays Charlie RussoCammy’s brother in Yer Granny.

Maureen Beattie has performed with theatre companies all over the UK, including Stellar Quines, the Royal Court, the National Theatre of Great Britain, Shakespeare’s Globe, Theatre Babel and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Television, film and radio work includes Lewis, Midsomer Murders, The BillDoctors, Moving On, A Personal History of Charles Dickens, Casualty , Twelfth Night, Bad Girls, Wing and a Prayer, The Chief, All Night Long and Can You Hear Me?. Maureen played the lead role in the National Theatre of Scotland’s critically acclaimed production 27 as well as appearing in Enquirer.  Maureen plays Marie RussoCammy’s wife in Yer Granny.

Brian Pettifer is currently appearing as Poupart in the BBC adventure drama series The Musketeers. His television work also includes roles in Rab C NesbittStill GameTaggart and The Tales of Para Handy. In the world of film, he has worked with directors Terence Davies (The House of Mirth), Luc Besson (Joan of Arc), Milos Forman (Amadeus) and Lyndsey Anderson (If).  Brian has worked extensively in theatre, performing with Borderline Theatre Company, Theatre Babel, the Old Vic, the Citizens Theatre and the National Theatre of Great Britain. For the National Theatre of Scotland, he played the role of Mr Boxall in The Missing. In Yer Granny, Brian plays Donnie Francisco, a decrepit octogenarian lothario and sworn enemy of the Russo family.

Barbara Rafferty is a well known and much loved Scottish actress. She trained at RSAMD, now the Conservatoire in Glasgow and is best known for playing Ella Cotter in Rab C Nesbitt. She also appeared in the BBC Scotland seriesRiver City as Shirley Henderson. Her other television credits include Hamish MacbethRockfaceTake the High Road and Sea of Souls. In 2006 Barbara starred as Mrs Garrigan in the feature film The Last King Of Scotland. She has also appeared in films such as The Wicker ManWomen Talking Dirty, and A Fine Romance. Barbara has worked in most theatres in Britain, her most recent show being The Libertine at The Citizens Theatre Glasgow. She has also played a variety of pantomime characters over the years at the Kings Theatre, Glasgow. Previous work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Glasgow ScrapbookThe Tin Forest opening event. Barbara plays Angela Russo,Marie’s sister in Yer Granny.

Louise McCarthy appeared as Jenny Morrison in the National Theatre of Scotland’s 2011 production of Men Should Weep. She has performed with theatre companies across Scotland, including Perth Theatre, Tron Theatre, A Play, A Pie and A Pint and Bard in the Botanics. She made her professional debut as Lisa in the West End production of Mamma Mia!  Louise is also a professional choreographer, dancer and singer, and has performed live on the X Factor and BBC Children in Need. In Yer Granny, Louise plays Marissa RussoCammy’s daughter.