Set on Hogmanay 1953, four Glasgow women of various ages and personalities gather in the local washhouse (or 'steamie') to do their last laundry of the year. They share memories and jokes, talk about their menfolk, and hopes for the future. It is sad, nostalgic, and very, very funny.
Dragged tae the Steamie is a project to re-stage the classic Scottish comedy “The Steamie”, by Tony Roper.
Our intention is to bring this superb play to new audiences and give it a fresh new spin for those already familiar The Steamie.
Dragged tae the Steamie will tour to communities across Scotland, including East Kilbride, Oban, Dunoon, Kilmarnock, Glasgow, Johnstone, Innerleithen, Brechin, Aberdeen, Dundee, Greenock, Stirling, Rutherglen, Arbroath, Govan, Melrose, Grangemouth, and Dunfermline from June 27th until July 22nd.
Making Memorable theatre
So many of us have grown up with the television version every Hogmanay and the four iconic female characters have inspired many a young drag performer. Following the increase in popularity of Drag shows, it seemed a natural step to gender flip the roles. By doing so we hope to bring a memorable adaptation of The Steamie to a new audience who are familiar with drag performance but may not have experienced traditional theatre. Conversely, we hope to promote the art form of drag to an unfamiliar theatre audience.
Dragged tae the Steamie is the official authorised drag adaptation of The Steamie by Tony Roper with songs by Dave Anderson. Four professional male actors with experience in drag will portray the four iconic female characters, and a professional female-identifying actor will play the stereotypical male role in the piece. The play will be presented using the original text and challenges the prevailing perception of drag.
During a sell-out run at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in 2022, many of our audience members described it as “essential viewing”, “hilarious”, and “inspiring”. Our hope is that this production will encourage audience members to seek out more live theatre across Scotland, especially Scottish texts.
As part of this tour, we are fundraising and awareness raising for two Scottish charities. One third of the Net profits from the 2023 tour of Dragged Tae the Steamie will be donated to these two charities. They are:
Our Future Objectives
The rest of the of the net profits from Dragged tae the Steamie, The Scottish Tour will go towards :
Dragged Tae Productions Ltd is a registered Limited Company. Scottish company registration number 770234