‘I will not forget you, you are carved in the palm of my hand.’

While Patsy marries a prosperous farmer and stays in the town she grew up in, wild child Francesca follows the lights of the big city as a successful actress. In the course of an afternoon’s reunion between the long-estranged friends, a buried memory and a wild secret crash into the present. Based on a true story, Perfect Pie is an intimate and emotional drama by acclaimed Canadian playwright Judith Thompson.

Judith Thompson on her play: ‘It’s a story that women – especially middle-aged women – can connect with, whether they’ve walked a distance from the past or stayed. It’s when you meet with a person you’ve grown up with and bonded with in a sense, yet you are [now] completely different people.’

Perfect Pie premiered at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in 2000. It was publicly read at the Old Vic, London, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, as part of Rehearsal Room 7 in 2004. Perfect Pie was Maureen Beattie’s second project as a director, after her directorial debut in the Borderline Theatre, Perth Theatre and Byre Theatre production of Good Things by Liz Lochhead, which successfully toured Scotland in autumn 2004.

The programmes for Stellar Quines’ production of Perfect Pie included, in the inside back cover, a recipe for the rhubarb pie the character Patsy bakes in the play.

Reviews

‘An engrossing and very moving night of theatre’ (The List)
'Judith Thompson’s excellent and thought-provoking writing makes for a truly memorable theatrical event’ (Bryan Johnston scottishtheatre.web )
‘Thompson is a fearless writer who has tackled difficult and taboo subjects in the past’ (The Guardian )

Production Tour Dates

  • 15 – 18 March, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
  • 21 March and 23-25 March, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
  • 22 March, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
  • 26 March, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
  • 28 March, Plockton Village Hall, Plockton
  • 30 March, An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
  • 1 April, Lyth Arts Centre, by Wick, Caithness
  • 4-5 April, North Edinburgh Arts Centre
  • 6-7 April, Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld
  • 8 April, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
  • 11-22 April, The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
  • 26-29 April, Perth Theatre, Perth

Perfect Pie (2006)

A Stellar Quines production in association with The Byre Theatre, St Andrews, and Perth Theatre, with the support of Foreign Affairs Canada/avec l’appui d’Affaires étrangères Canada.

Creative Team

  • Writer: Judith Thompson
  • Director : Maureen Beattie
  • Designer: Jan Bee Brown
  • Lighting Designer : Jeanine Davies
  • Sound Designer: Claire Bromhead

Cast

  • Sarah Collier
  • Mary Keegan
  • Lucy Tuck
  • Kirsty Wood

Gallery

Images © Douglas McBride