There's Been A Murder! ... In Auld Ayr Toun

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday January 16 2015

THE SEASIDE town of Ayr is facing a dramatic change of scene with murder and mayhem preparing to take centre stage.

Normally host to holidaymakers, the town has turned over The Gaiety Theatre’s main stage to one of Scotland’s leading crime writers.

The Ringer — a bitter-sweet revenge tragedy — is the first stage adaptation of the work of four-times CWA nominated author Tony Black.


Tartan Noirs world stage debut


Black, who normally sets his crime novels in Edinburgh, moved the action west to feature the popular day-trippers’ destination in a new light.

“I grew up in Ayr and always wanted to see the town in my work and although most of the action is in Glasgow, The Ringer has a few nods to the Auld Toun,” said Black.

“It’s a known spot for holidaymakers but Ayr’s matured a lot over the years and The Gaiety jumped at the chance to be the first theatre we know of to stage a Tartan Noir play.

“These sorts of books are hugely popular and we’re expecting the story to go down well in a theatre setting. And this is Burns Country after all, I’m sure Rabbie would have approved of our femme fatale who drives the blokes crazy.”

The Ringer stars Italia Conti-trained actress Evelyn Adams and Ayr panto regular Chris Taylor in the lead roles.

When a local wide-boy meets a French stunner he thinks his luck has changed, but after they raid a local gangster’s safe things start to go the opposite way and past misdeeds prove impossible to outrun.

“There’s a betting scam on at the Gold Cup and when crime and money come together it’s never pretty,” said Chris Taylor.

“The writing’s great, there’s real humour amidst the grit and although you wouldn’t want to be friends with any of the characters they’re impossible to ignore.”

Based on an original novella by 42-year-old Black, The Ringer will run at Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre for two nights - Wednesday 11 and Thurs 12 February at 7.30pm.


  • Tickets: £14.00 / £12.50 (conc) 

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