You never know who you’re going to run into when you’re ‘out and about’ in Vancouver. Last night I had a celebrity sighting at a local watering hole called the PUB 340. I was there for the weekly Wednesday “Open Mic Night” hosted by singer songwriter and musician Steve Stone. Patrons enjoyed the hockey game in between sets performed by Stone and other performers, when Aly (Alasdair) Macrae, a “Critic’s Award” winning actor was spotted.
Macrae is in Vancouver this week for the “National Theatre of Scotland’s” tour of “The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart”. He stopped in for a beverage with fellow cast member, actress Melody Grove, their manager and other crew. It wasn’t hard to pick Aly as a star who was holding his own show at his table. He entertained his friends with funny antics like balancing a coaster on his nose. This obvious gift of talent didn’t go unnoticed by host Steve Stone who invited Aly to come on stage, and show the whole pub what he could do.
Stone turned over the microphone and handed Aly his personal guitar. Aly began to tell everyone how the kilt is the traditional garb for a gentleman in Scotland ( where he is from). Then he began play guitar and sing the “Kilt Song” (see video). The whole pub roared with laughter during his performance of the hilarious song. If this is any indication of what we can expect for the Vancouver production of “The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart” we’re in for a real treat! After his performance Aly and his cast-mates chatted with Pub 340 guests including local legend SNFU singer/front-man Chi Pig.
Macrae is also the composer for “The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart” which has been awarded for “best music and sound” . The cast includes Annie Grace, Melody Grove, Alasdair Macrae, Paul McCole and David McKay . The production “ takes theatre into pubs and other unlikely venues, where stories are told, re-told, sung and passed on. Audiences are invited to share a lock-in with the National Theatre of Scotland’s company of actors and musicians and to indulge in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music and theatre inspired by the Border Ballads, Robert Burns and the poems of Robert Service.”
“The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart”is part of the PuSH International Arts Festival & The Cultch. You can see them from tonight January 31, through February 2 , 2013 at The Wise Hall in Vancouver.
PUB 340 OPEN MIC NIGHT PAGE