GCU student’s play to debut in prestigious A Play, a Pie and a Pint series

08 November 2016

GCU student’s play to debut in prestigious A Play, a Pie and a Pint series

Damien Mullen's new play stars Barbara Rafferty

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Damian Mullen’s black comedy Hameldaeme is to debut in the prestigious A Play, a Pie and a Pint strand at Oran Mor.

Starring Barbara Rafferty, Jennifer Hainey and Nicola Auld, the play – billed as “three women, a coffin and a very long night” – is Damien’s first work to be staged in the series.

Damian, who will graduate with an MA TV Fiction Writing in November and was funded throughout his studies by a Warner Bros. Scholarship, said: “I was approached to write a script while writing my dissertation and at first I felt overwhelmed but A Play, a Pie and a Pint is the biggest opportunity for new writing talent in Scotland so I just had to go for it. It was my ambition to write for the series by the time I was 30 or 40 so to have my play performed at the age of 26 – I just can’t believe it.

“I’m passionate about Glasgow, comedy and women being funny so the show is about a Glaswegian widow and her estranged daughters arguing around a coffin the night before a funeral. I wrote the play for Barbara Rafferty but I didn’t think it was possible that she would agree to be in it but she loved the script. It has been a whirlwind and I am exhausted but I am trying to enjoy every moment.”

Professor Ann Marie Di Mambro, a lecturer on the MA TV Fiction Writing programme, said: “We are so excited for Damian. He is incredibly talented and has worked so hard; he deserves great success. To get a play on at Oran Mor is a great achievement and we are so proud of him.”

Hameldaeme is directed by Jimmy Chisholm and runs at 1pm from November 7 to 12 at Oran Mor, Byres Road.