Elaine’s in town

Elaine and the African Drumming group in Stranraer
Elaine and the African Drumming group in Stranraer

Actress and Scottish comedy icon Elaine C Smith is busy filming a documentary in the Rhins this weekend as well as performing her one-woman show ‘Still standing....just’ at the Ryan Centre in Stranraer tomorrow night.

Elaine, who recently became a grandmother, has a soft spot for this neck of the woods having spent two years filming the BBC series ‘2000 Acres of Sky’ in and around Port Logan and Portpatrick a decade ago.

At the time, Elaine was horrified how out of the loop the people of the western fringes of Galloway were compared to the rest of Scotland and how under represented the area was on television compared with the rest of Scotland.

Elaine told The Galloway Gazette: “I realised that you hardly ever see Dumfries and Galloway on the telly and I remember, when I was here filming, being amazed that you didn’t even get to see Scottish television, your telly programmes came from Northern Ireland!

“I wanted to make a programme about where the Scots traditionally went on their holidays. It’s a bit like what Billy Connelly did 20 years ago, going round the countryside meeting local people.

“I want to concentrate on the characters in the area, especially the women – to give them a voice for a change, ‘cos the men are always talking!

“We have had researchers down looking for interesting people but as well as talking to them I’m going to just stroll along the front at Portpatrick and see who I meet.

“I have tied this up with going on tour with my stand up show. I had been performing The Calendar Girls and the Susan Boyle Story in front of 2000 to 3000 seater venues and I wanted to do something different. A friend of mine saw the show and said: “You have got to take this on tour” so here I am!

Elaine’s documentary on Scottish towns, including Stranraer, will be show on STV later in the year.

Tickets for her ‘Still standing ...just’ show at the Ryan Centre tomorrow night are available by phoning the box office on 01776 703535.