Scots actor, playwright and musician Dave Anderson brings his acclaimed musical play – Butterfly Kiss – to Ayr Gaiety on Wednesday, April 2.
Full of Glasgow banter and seasoned with teenage love of all things Americana (Elvis, Sandra Dee, twisting, milkshakes and Doris Day), this musical trip down memory lane is both powerful and moving.
The central characters are The Boy, played with terrific feeling and a great singing voice by Jack Mullen and The Man, played by Dave Anderson, remembering his annual family trip ‘doon the watter’ - possibly to Ayr or Troon or Girvan.
It’s the summer of 1960 when he was 15 years old, disillusioned with Elvis for betraying his poor “white trash” roots and broken hearted by a girl called Elaine back at school who has gone off him for an older 16-year-old boy.
Fabulous songs, a rich presentation of a father-son relationship and a social history of post-war Scotland combine to intrigue and entertain.
Katie Barnett joins the cast as the girl who heals The Boy’s broken heart with her “butterfly kiss”.
Dave Anderson has worked as an actor, musician and musical director for numerous Scottish theatre companies including 7:84 and Wildcat, with whom he toured music theatre round the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. His songs for The Steamie are being performed (somewhere) right now! His film credits include Gregory’s Girl, Heavenly Pursuits, Post Mortem and Orphans.
On television Dave is best known for his long running BBC sit-com City Lights. He has also made appearances on Taggart, Rab C. Nesbit, Monarch of the Glen and many other shows.
Two of Dave’s previous productions, A Walk in the Park and Tir na nOg, (the prequel and sequel respectively, to Flowers of the River) were performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 to critical acclaim.