David makes himself at home in Bo’ness

David Hayman, patron of the Barony, with Wendy Turner
David Hayman, patron of the Barony, with Wendy Turner

The Independence Referendum is rapidly approaching and the countdown, arguably, might just be weighing heavier on the undecided than the staunch ‘‘Yes’’ voters.

So, perhaps a little help is necessary for some and, if you are undecided, this little gem of creativity might just get the ball rolling.

“The Pitiless Storm”, performed with immense energy and passion by David Hayman at The Barony Theatre in Boness on Sunday and Monday of this week, precisely illustrated the emotional roller-coaster that some of us will go on as we set about making possibly one of the most important decisions of our lives.

Written by Chris Dolan, this one-man show is filled with gritty comment from a plethora of characters that affect Bob Cunningham’s thoughts and choices.

Bob is a left wing trade unionist, a man about to make a speech, a man who starts off with the ‘Better Together’ slogan but can’t quite commit to it.

Something is stopping him in his tracks. He can’t quite focus on his speech.

Bob is supposed to be accepting an OBE but should he?

He’s not sure he wants to be part of the establishment in this way.

It’s alluring, certainly, but it doesn’t sit well with Bob; he’s haunted by the bigger picture and the past.

Hayman shifts expertly from character to character in this, a dress rehearsal of a production which he is taking to this month’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Each character demands some space in his head and throughout the play they keep interrupting him; his father, Bob Senior, who had a stroke and only said “Naw” for 10 years, his wife Ethel who always wore a paper rose in her hair and played the fiddle on a loop and his 17-year-old self – young, hopeful and full of dreams. He finally comes to the conclusion that nothing will ever change unless we dare to dream and say “Yes”.

Altogether a fine evening of taut, well-directed and staged drama and a play which should do well given its timely appearance at The Fringe.