Blue Plaque House in association with Theatre503 presents...

Elsie Thatchwick

Written by Skye Lourie
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£10 Adult Standard

RUNNING TIME: 60mins (no interval)

“Maybe there’s a reason your mum doesn’ay want ye tae meet him, maybe he’s a dobber who is’nay worth your time”

After seeking the advice of her eclectic mix of comrads, 17 year-old Elsie takes the bus from Glasgow to Manchester to find her father who, up until this point, she didn’t know existed. When she finally gets to meet him, it’s not at all what she expected. 

Elsie Thatchwick is a coming-of-age comedy drama set in 1997 Glasgow. Full of Scottish humour, it depicts the life of proper, working class Scots in the ’90s. All wittily narrated by Elsie, the audience is brought along with her on a journey of discovery and shocking revelations. A play about growing up, about the relationships we form and the decisions we are forced to take, as well as our extraordinary ability to empathise even when we can’t understand.

Blue Plaque House is a theatre and production company founded in 2018 by April Robinson, Skye Lourie and Roisin Kelly. Their focus is on new writing, collaborations and unusual storytelling. Upcoming projects include Bathroom Sessions at The Courtyard Theatre (Hoxton) and Tap, a new play by April Robinson.

Skye Lourie

Elsie Thatchwick is Skye Lourie’s debut play. She also plays the title character. The show is loosely inspired by her own life experiences. Her father is in a disability care home in New Zealand, after an accident when Skye was a baby. This show is dedicated to him.
Skye has mainly worked in television and film. Her acting credits include: Pillars of the Earth (Channel 4): Hard Sun, Hustle, and Uncle (BBC); Films include: Farming; The Holding; The Facility; Slap and Tracks.


Artistic Team
Skye Lourie
April Robinson
Skye Lourie
Everyone Else
Graeme Dalling
Fringe Guru: Elsie Thatchwick. By Udita Banerjee
Posted on 23 August 2018

"Lourie strikes a wonderful balance between the boisterous and the childlike." ★★★★

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The Wee Review: Skye Lourie’s debut play has a raw intensity which draws the audience in. By Aisling McGuire
Posted on 9 August 2018

"touches of humour alongside some tear-jerking scenes" ★★★★

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The Scottish Field: Edinburgh Festival Fringe Review: Elsie Thatchwick. By Richard Bath
Posted on 6 August 2018

"a thought-provoking new play written by, and starring, bright young thing Skye Lourie". ★★★★

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“Skye Lourie’s debut play has a raw intensity” ★★★★ – The Wee Review

★★★★ – The Scotsman

“a thought-proviking new play” ★★★★
– The Scottish Field

“Lourie strikes a wonderful balance between the boisterous and the childlike.” ★★★★ – Fringe Guru

★★★★ – Edinburgh Review

“heart wrenching and beautifully performed” – BBC Radio Scotland, Grant Stott

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