A Rutherglen playwright is set to take his latest show to the USA.
Rob Drummond premiered Bullet Catch at the Edinburgh Festival last August.
Now he’ll be heading to New York to perform the show, which sees Rob tackle the famous bullet catch magic trick, in which a bullet is fired at a performer, who then has to catch it with his body.
Rob explained: “When we did it at the Edinburgh Festival there were a lot of producers in from all over, including a few from America. One of them, Peter Tear, the producer at the 59E59 theater in New York was keen to put the show on over there as part of a season called Brits Off Broadway. So it’ll be on for two and a half weeks in April.”
Taking the show so further afield was far from Rob’s thoughts when he launched the show.
He added: “When you’re doing a show in Edinburgh the first thought is don’t let it bomb, let’s just get through this.
“So it was a really nice surprise that not only did it go well but that there was also nterest from abroad.”
Rob believes the reason the show has attracted so much attention is because the concept is so universal. He said: “It’s a man onstage having a relationship with an audience member who then aims a gun at them and that’s quite universal - that’s the appeal .”
Having been placed in the firing line regularly, the playwright reckons he can handle tricky situations. One of the most notable dilemmas required him to get his mum out of the crowd, with unexpected results.
“We’d worked out this might happen at some point, but on one night, the audience member just refused to pull the trigger and that can create a bit of a problem as it’s anti-climatic.
“Sometimes that can create enough drama as they go far enough but if there’s no journey and they just go no from the start then you have to get a substitute on stage, so we ended up getting my mum up !
“I’d already spoken to her from the stage so it seemed logical, but then she refused to do it when she actually got the gun in her hand.
“By this point it was creating some real drama, and eventually one of my friends went, ‘I’ll do it‘, came forward and did it without hesitation. That’s what I love about the show - even when something sort of goes wrong, there are new twists and turns there.”
Away from the Bullet Catch there’s more conventional fare.
Added Rob: “I’ve got a new play for the Traverse (theatre in Edinburgh) in April called Quiz Show for a month.
“And I’m writing a new piece of work for the Royal Conservatoire in Scotland, working on a bespoke piece for the students and working with them.”