Steamie debut for Newtongrange’s Pit Pony

Pit Pony Productions Midlothian Presents ''The Steamie'
Pit Pony Productions Midlothian Presents ''The Steamie'

The man behind a new Midlothian theatre company has been getting some insight into the setting for its upcoming debut production.

Newtongrange-based Pit Pony Productions will perform Tony Roper’s Scottish classic The Steamie, which is set in a 1950s public washhouse.

Pit Pony’s founder and director Paul Wilson explained how he acquired some inside knowledge of the play’s setting from his day job: “The costumes were made by a lady I work with, Anne McShane, we both work at Drummond Grange Care Home.

“A lot of the residents there have helped us out, giving us a lot of good feedback.

“They told us all about what it was like in an actual ‘steamie’, the noise etc. It was a place to meet people and catch up with all the gossip.

“They can’t wait to see it.”

Paul has also been able to gain an insight into the famous play through his partner.

He said: “It’s coming together. We have a great cast, they are amazing.

“We have a wide range of people involved, nurses, a police officer. We are all amateurs that have never done this before, I have never directed.

“But my partner is a theatre director, so he has helped. He has friends that have put on The Steamie professionally.”

The Steamie, at Newbattle High School, Friday, August 29, and Saturday, August 30, 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50, call 07883503377.