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A DAY DOWN A GOLDMINE

"'A Day Down a Goldmine' is a donation to the young - some clues as to how to sort it out." GW

It is now 30 years since first performance of George Wyllie's A Day Down A Goldmine, ahead of its time and somewhat prophetic, the play is a critique of the banking system and the way in which banks worked. It has a running motif, the instruction to.. .Be Suspicious'.

A Day Down A Goldmine was written in while Wyllie was in Paros, Greece. He went there on a travel/writing grant from the Arts Council and the play was the result. The influence of ancient Greece is seen in the stage sets as well as in the text.

It was written to accompany an exhibition of humorous scul?tures which had a very serious message, and which were designed to be seen collectively. It is, essentially, a commentary on the scul?tures and provides the logic behind them.

As with many of the performances written by George Wyllie, it is a dramatic dialogue between two characters, a dominant one and a subservient one. Originally performed in 1982 by Russell Hunter and George Wyllie at the Third Eye Centre in Glasgow. Later, in 1985, it was directed by Kenny Ireland and performed by Bill Paterson and George Wyllie at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and awarded a Fringe First. There were several productions after that, almost all with George Wyllie in one of the two roles.

Selected scenes from A Day Down A Goldmine


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