Family favourite Hairy Maclary returns to Edinburgh
Following a totally sold-out run at the Fringe in 2010, Hairy Maclary and his friends are springing off the page and onto the stage once again this Summer. This year’s production will feature some new stories and a whole new look.
We caught up with Miss Plum from the show
Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should
people come to see it?
Good Morning, my name is Miss Plum and thank you for asking me to tell you about our smash-hit family show, Hairy Maclary and Friends. Bestselling author, Linley Dodd has written lots of wonderful stories about my wee friend Hairy Maclary and all of his friends. Samuel Stone, the butcher and I will tell five of these stories, bright and early at 10.30am in the morning at the Assembly George Square Theatre from the 3rd-20th August. Hairy Maclary & Friends is a wonderful mix of storytelling, songs, music and fun. Come along, bring your family – clap your hands and stamp your feet! You’ll adore Hercules Morse, as big as a horse; Bottomly Potts all covered in spots; Muffin Maclay like a bundle of hay; Bitzer Maloney all skinny and boney and Schnitzel Von Krumm with a very low tum. Oh they are a lively bunch, always getting up to mischief and chasing or being chased by Scar face Claw, the toughest tom in town. He even scares me a little!
What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?
Seeing all the smiling faces as children and families recognize their favourite dogs from Linley’s stories. Oh, and taking Hairy Maclary with all his friends for a long walk on Portobello beach or up Arthurs Seat. Hairy Maclary loves to go for walks and chase his frizbee.
What’s been your favourite / funniest Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?
That has to be when Hairy Maclary was eating his bone on the Royal Mile and couldn’t see
the other dogs sneaking up on him to try and get a lick. Hairy Maclary nearly jumped right out of his fur!
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
To walk along Princes Street with Hairy Maclary and his gang of canine friends joined by lots and lots of dogs from all the rescue centres in and around Edinburgh.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
I am very much looking forward to meeting other dog lovers who live in Edinburgh. Hairy has had a browse through the Fringe programme and has been barking to see: Reservoir Dogs, Dog Eared Collective and Dead, dad, dog.
After our own performance at the Fringe I’m always dog-tired so I like to take the weight off my weary feet. This year I am going to see Handling Bach, about a fictional meeting of Handel and Bach, which is on in the wonderful, atmospheric setting of Rosslyn Chapel. Music to my ears!
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
Samuel Stone and I are taking Hairy Maclary and Friends traveling round Britain on a UK tour.
Sum up your show in three words for us:
Exciting Dogtastic Fun
You can catch up with Miss Plum, Hairy Maclary and friends at the Assembly George Square Theatre from 3rd August – 20th August at 10.30am. More details on the Assembly website.