Making its Fringe debut, ‘Chic Murray: A Funny Place For A Window’ is an unforgettable journey of laughter, song and tears through the flawed life one of Scotland’s most authentic comic geniuses, and the man Billy Connolly, Steve Martin and Robin Williams called “The Boss”.
Telling the story of the rise and fall of Scotland’s Comedians’ Comedian: from Murray’s humble beginnings in Greenock, through his chance meeting with his muse, wife and stage partner, Maidie Dickson; and then on to international stardom. Chic could have been a Hollywood movie star, but preferred to plough his own remarkable, hilarious and at times absurd furrow.
Hepburn has been obsessed with Chic Murray since he was lucky enough to catch his show at the Adam Smith Centre in Kirkcaldy in the late 70’s.
“Chic was absurd, obtuse, and side-splittingly funny” says the writer. “By the time he got to the end of the Blackpool Wedding gag, the audience were literally rolling in the aisles.
“Afterwards the stage manager told me they had to change six seats at the front in order to let them ‘dry oot’. I resolved to try to recapture that magic and tell the world about this unsung hero.
“However, it wasn’t till 2018 and I met Dave Anderson that I knew I had finally found the man to bring Chic to life on the stage. Dave’s mannerisms and physical similarities to Chic are simply uncanny.”
Maureen Carr (Still Game, River City) one of our most talented actors and founder of ‘Witsherface’ plays his co-star and long-suffering wife, Maidie, alongside the multi-talented musician, actor and arranger, Brian James O’Sullivan.
“Chic Murray is seriously funny”, says producer Stephen Wright. “The play premiered last year at Glasgow’s Oran Mor as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP) and went on to be voted one of the ten best PPP plays ever, enjoying packed houses and five-star reviews all along the way. We are delighted to bring this production to The Fringe this year.”
Venue: New Town Theatre, 96 George Street, EH2 3DH (Venue 7)
Dates: Preview 1 Aug, 19-25 Aug
Time: 15:40 (60mins)