The Glasgow P4Indy Party with Everything!!
Act 1: a Scots Language Quiz
The quiz was provided by Liz Thomas. The team of Anne Clark, Mary Stuart and Vi Williamson carried off the prize with a perfect score of 26 out of 26.
Act 2: Drama: “Coulda Been a Contender”
This was a tragi-comedy featuring thespians Isabel Cooney (of the famous pink hair), Liz Thomas, Brian Watson, Sheena Stephen and Mary McCabe. There were surprise guest appearances from Willie Rennie and Jo Swinson (on her way to join Ruth Davidson in Never-Never Land). Despite the total lack of rehearsal the performance went well. Here’s a short extract (the incident of the £50 note is based on fact):
Willie (patting Jo’s arm): Och Jo! Look on the bright side!
Jo: Is there a bright side?
Willie: It’s true we lost one seat in Scotland, but we… we won another seat in Fife!
Jo: WRONG thing to say!
Willie: We …we…didn’t lose every single one of our deposits…
Jo: Pah! (pushes him away). That reminds me…
Willie: (Puppylike, panting) Yes, Jo? What is it, Jo?
Jo: I need to write a receipt for this donation from Don Luigi DeAngelo of the Cayman Islands. Go and buy a pen at that stall.
Willie: All my money fell out my pockets this morning when I was walking on my hands for the BBC.
Jo: (Snorts contemptuously) Here.
Willie: A £50 note! I can’t hand that over at a stall. They won’t have change.
Jo: What do you mean? (Looks at note) Do notes come smaller than that?
Willie: (to stall holder): Can I buy a pen?
Stallholder: Here you are….wait…whit’s this?
Willie: £50 note. Smallest I’ve got. We don’t weigh ourselves down with chingle. Sure we don’t, Jo?
This is a play which (unlike Ms Swinson) is set to go places. I hear that a famous Hollywood producer has already expressed interest.
Act 3: Song
Four members of the Pensioners for Indy Warblers (Bill and Meg Lindsay, Mary McCabe and fiddler Anne Cumming) performed an updated version of the Warbler theme song “The Union – a Tragedy”. The audience cheered, stamped feet and clamoured for an encore. (See here for the original version of The Union – A Tragedy )
Unfortunately the Warblers in their modesty had not anticipated such a request. As they huddled together to come up with a number which they all knew well enough to perform without notes or rehearsal, Meg Lindsay stepped up to the plate with a song composed there and then. “Now independence it is coming” (to the tune of ‘Now the summertime is coming’) She performed it as a solo, accompanied by Anne, to thunderous applause.
Act 4: Santa
There was another surprise guest when Santa Claus turned up to call the raffle prizes. The fact that in height he resembled Robert Littler, one of the regulars from the Thursday stall, was one of life’s coincidences. The good quality prizes – no recycled Xmas presents from nineteen-nineteen – included a bottle of Glenmorangie bearing a signature from the First Minister and with its own back-story to tell. Also author-signed copies of three of Mary McCabe’s own books: EverwindingTimes, Stirring the Dust and Two Closes and a Referendum.
In the intervals between activities Sheena Stephen provided a background of music from Scotland. England and Ireland: the Beatles, the Corries and the Clancys. The Bacchus provided a large spread and the bar was open all night.