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Walk Into My Parlour (Scots)

By William Maconachie


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Andrew Gillespie, well-to-do 18th century Edinburgh merchant, has three problems in the shape of his three daughters, still unmarried and a sore burden on his purse. With the assistance -- and often unintentioned hindrance of his wife Kristie he sets about snaring his intended son-in-law, the Reverend William Hare who, with all the agility of the little animal whose name he bears, contrives to evade every trap laid for him while at the same time extracting additions to his kirk funds from the unwilling Andrew. Meantime, the girls have plans of their own which two of them, with apparently most unsuitable suitors in the Hon. Charles Moult, a penniless English dandy, and Johnny Mo?at, a servant lad, carry through to a happy ending despite Andrew's fumbling opposition. The third daughter's scheme to become the wealthy widow of Archie McNeffie, an elderly rake, goes woefully astray but provides plenty of comic situation en route. The ripe Scots dialogue abounds in laugh lines throughout, especially when contrasted with Moult's affected English, and there is a hilarious second act which brings the curtains, if not the house down. The entire action takes place in one scene. Walk Into My Parlour had its premiere at the 1969 Edinburgh Festival when the Edinburgh People's Theatre played to full houses for three weeks; it also gained the James Bridie Memorial Award for the best new Scottish play of 1969.