Stooshie at the Store

Performed at Venue 17, St Peter's Church Hall, Newington
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Saturday 5th - Saturday 19th August 2006

Stooshie Flyer

Creative Team

Director Irene Beaver
Production Manager Andrew Hope
Set Designer Lawrie Buchan
Lighting Designer Steve Roberts

The Cast

May Macmillan Michelle Suddon
Dot Jamieson Mandy Black
Andrew Davidson Kenny Mackay
Miss McCreadie Joan Hunter
Mr McDonald John Lyon
Joe Fraser Gordon Braidwood
Sad Customer Emma Morrison
Ma Marion McKillop
Peter Wilson Iain Fraser
Ina Diane Williams
Impudent customer Anna Pomery
Posh customer Anne Mackenzie
Mrs Ford Anne Mackenzie
Assorted customers Emma Morrison
  Anna Pomery
  Erin Plumb
  Diane Williams
Programme Cover Centre


It's 1959 and Edinburgh is celebrating the centenary year of St Cutherbert's Co-operative Association. Excitement mounts as the 'Divvie' is due to be handed out to the members next week, followed by the annual Mannequin Parade at the Central Methodist Halls the week after.

But what happens when some of the 'Divvie' money goes missing and the principal mannequin is knocked down by a car? And who is the mysterious wee Shuggie Wright?

Edinburgh Evening News - Thom Dibdin (Thursday, 10th August 2006)

CROSS dressing, nostalgia and romance prove an irresistible combination as Edinburgh People's Theatre live up to the promise of their name with this funny and fascinating play.  Set in the St Cuthbert's Co-Operative store on Bread Street, just before the company's centenary in 1959, this is a story of dividends and personal service.  Stooshie in the Store will appeal most to those who have an interest in Edinburgh's history, or who recognise the details of a way of life which, even then, was just about to be lost to impersonal supermarket shopping.  Here is Edinburgh as it was, and still is, in many ways.  And, reminiscences aside, it even makes you proud to shop at Scotmid.  The wardrobe crew have done a great job too, with Carol Caldwell and Jane Barrow finding costumes which fit both the era of the play and the class and positions of the different characters.  Edinburgh People's Theatre can be justifiably proud of a production which marks their appearance on this year's Fringe as the only company which was also in the first Fringe, 60 years ago."

The Scotsman - Claire Smith (Friday, 11th August 2006)

"EDINBURGH People's Theatre is a real institution.  The longest-running company on the Fringe, it has put on a show every year since 1959.  The company has strong links with the co-operative movement and playwright Irene Beaver continues the tradition, setting her new gentle comedy in St Cuthbert's co-op in Bread Street in 1959.  The modern-day Co-op even supplies free coffee and biscuits in the interval.  Beaver has a fine ear for dialogue and has woven together a story which draws deeply on oral history and is rich with local knowledge and reminiscence.  For the Edinburgh folk who have packed the church hall to the back seats, this is a journey of nostalgia and you can hear the murmurs of recognition with every mention of a well-known character or a building now disappeared.  It is an affectionate picture of the capital in the 50s, when communities were still rebuilding themselves after the war.  By today's standards the characters seem restrained, but beneath the refined Edinburgh manners there is warmth and genuine humour.  I was so carried away by the post-war ambience that when one character invited another to address her by her first name, I actually shed a tear."