National Production Company presents

The Bench

Thursday 25th June


Waiting for Godotmeets Still Game. 

A hilarious play full of twists and turns, intrigue and sharp wit written by the award-winning Keir McAllister (Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats), ‘The Bench’ tells the tale of an epic conflict over a public bench!    

Sandy (a pompous, posh and cantankerous man in his post-prime years) is furious to discover someone has scattered his flower arrangement over his “memorial bench”. Instantly Sandy blames Joe (a young office worker on his break relaxing on the said bench) so beginning the tirade of well-observed rants, uncompromising solutions, unreasonable demands that makes this shared journey of self-discovery an amusing ride. See how the two generations fight it out in a battle that will change the two of them forever, and where they may finally answer the eternal question of – when is a bench not a bench? 

Recommended age: 12+ (contains some bad language in a comical context) 


“Engages right up until the last… extremely funny… a cleverly revealed tale” The Stage★★★★
“A brilliant job of subverting expectations… a series of funny twists” The Scotsman★★★★

“As always with McAllister’s plays, [The Bench is] well-written, with intrigue and laughs” One 4 Review★★★★

“The Bench is an entertaining two-hander” The Wee Review★★★★ 


About the writer 

Keir writes for many top comics and has a number of TV / radio credits, including Live at The Apollo, Stand Up for the Week, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Breaking the News, The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected and many more. He has created a string of acclaimed festival shows with other comedians, including the 2015 award-winning Aye Right? How No? and the 2012 sell-out show, Keir McAllister and Vladimir McTavish: Look at the State of Scotland. 

A two-time winner of ‘Best Writer’ at the Scottish Comedy Awards, Keir has a number of plays under his belt: Hindsight, which premiered at the Assembly Rooms during the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013, and went on to four special performances in HMP Barlinnie before returning for the Glasgow International Comedy Festival in 2014 at the Oran Mor; 2014’s A Split Decision, written in verse, about the Scottish referendum, and 2015’s acclaimed The Last Laugh, which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe and went on to tour theatres across Scotland. 


Full Price £15

Concession £12

Family £40

Group (10+) £10



Thu 25th June6.30pm7.30pm