Taking to the stage at Paisley Arts Centre on 28th October, The Last Yankee is a moving, humorous and ultimately uplifting show created by Rapture Theatre in association with The Beacon Arts Centre.
The play is the second instalment in Rapture Theatre’s Arthur Miller season; marking the centenary of the famous American playwright’s birth. Other well known works by Miller include All My Sons, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge and Death of a Salesman.
The Last Yankee features a cast of top Scottish talent, including David Tarkenter and Pauline Turner, who both performed in Rapture’s version of All My Sons, alongside familiar TV and stage faces Jane McCarry (Still Game) and Stewart Porter (Shetland and River City).
Leroy Hamilton, a descendant of one of America’s founding fathers and The Last Yankee, lives a modest life as a carpenter and has eschewed the corporate rat race. This has estranged him from his wife, Patricia, who is in hospital and suffering from depression.
Over the course of one day, Leroy and Patricia try to come to terms with Leroy’s choices and Patricia’s ‘illness’, and they take a tentative step towards reconciliation and a brave new future.
The Last Yankee will be performed as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2015. Gail Aldam from SMHAFF states:
“The Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival is delighted to include work of the calibre of The Last Yankee. An important part of the 2015 programme, it’s a classic work that focuses on women enduring severe mental ill health. By providing an engrossing insight, the play offers a real impact.”
The Last Yankee will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Wednesday 28 October, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) + booking fee* and are available from the Box Office at Paisley Arts Centre, on 0300 300 1210 or online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts
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