Ae Fond Kiss (4 stars)

Sweet Scottish story

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This article is from 2007.

Ae Fond Kiss

Not to be confused with the 2004 film of the same name, Anne-Marie di Mambro’s play focuses on an awkward teen, Zed, who arrives for his birthday present – an hour with Lola. But Lola is not quite what he expected, in more ways than one.

This tender and engaging piece looks at an unusual budding friendship between the two as they share their troubles over cups of tea.

The play avoids any pitfalls of pretentiousness by focusing on the two familiar and likeable characters. Either the awkward naivety of the teenager or the defeated nature of the hardened middle-aged woman will undoubtedly strike a chord. It’s a little story with a big heart. With some classic one-liners in a familiar Glasgow brogue, the piece serves as a reminder that the Fringe is not just for incomers, and we have plenty of home-grown theatre we can be proud of. (Greer Ogston)

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 22), 2pm, £11.50-£12.50 (£10.50-£11.50).

This article is from 2007.

Oran MorE: Ae Fond Kiss

  • 4 stars

Ann Marie di Mambro's short play follows Zed, whose work mates have clubbed together to buy him a session with a prostitute for his 18th birthday, and his encounters with said prostitute Lola. It's a tender, engaging play with a big heart.

Oran MorE Festival at the Byre

  • 4 stars

Oran Mor bring four plays to the Byre for a wee festival of theatre. Showing this year are 'Ae Fond Kiss' by Anne Marie di Mambro, 'Excuse My Dust' by Terry Wale, 'Tir Nan Og' by Dave Anderson and 'A Walk in the Park' by Dave Anderson.

Ae Fond Kiss and Excuse My Dust

  • 4 stars

Double bill of two of the most successful shows from Oran Mor's 'A Play, A Pie and A Pint' seasons. 'Ae Fond Kiss', starring Libby McArthur (from 'River City') follows a young man's first appearance with a prostitute, while 'Excuse My Dust' delves into the life of Dorothy Parker, New York's most celebrated party guest.

Ae Fond Kiss and Excuse My Dust

  • 4 stars

Double bill of two of the most successful shows from Oran Mor's 'A Play, A Pie and A Pint' seasons. 'Ae Fond Kiss', starring Libby McArthur (from 'River City') follows a young man's first appearance with a prostitute, while 'Excuse My Dust' delves into the life of Dorothy Parker, New York's most celebrated party guest.

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