New role is a challenge for Still Game’s Jane

Jane McCarry stars in the Arthur Miller play
Jane McCarry stars in the Arthur Miller play

She’s best known for playing cheery, gossipy Isa in the hugely successful Still Game – but actress Jane McCarry’s latest role is a very different challenge.

“It couldn’t be more different, really!” she laughs.

The Last Yankee is a late work by the great American dramatist Arthur Miller being performed by Rapture Theatre company as part of a celebration of the writer’s centenary.

As you might expect from the author , known for plays such as Death of a Salesman, it’s a serious, intense play although it is also humorous and uplifting.

Leroy Hamilton, a descendant of one of America’s founding fathers and “The Last Yankee”, lives a modest life as a carpenter and has eschewed the corporate rat race.

His wife, Patricia is in hospital and suffering from depression.

“It’s definitely not a comedy!” said Jane. “Arthur Miller’s wife, Marilyn Monroe, suffered depression and he had a son who was institutionalised because he had Downs Syndrome, so its likely that was all in his mind.”

As an actress, Jane is no stranger to venues such as The Kings, or even the Hydro – but the smaller venues in this play bring a connection with the audience that she is relishing.

That connection is vital to this story – because the play is being performed as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and the thought provoking drama invariably prompts discussion.

The Last Yankee is at Stirling’s Tolbooth on Saturday, 8pm.

For tickets, £12 / £10, visit www.tolbooth.stirling.gov.uk or call 01786 274000.