Playing the role of Mag, William Hare’s partner and owner of the Tanner’s Close Boarding House where most of the murders were committed, is 20-year old Anna Scott, another product of Preston Lodge High School. Anna is studying English and Scottish literature at Edinburgh University. She also has a day job as a Pennypit Trust community and youth worker where she works with the elderly, children and families in need around Prestonpans.
She has been involved in amateur dramatics for the past ten years picking up roles such as Louisa in The Sound of Music’, Marty in Grease, Mrs Brannigan in Back in the 80’s, Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act, and many more, all somewhat removed from the scrawny, scranky wizened jade of our Mag. [Don’t judge by her photographs; she’s a good impersonator!]. She also sings live in gigs around local pubs in East Lothian, as well as playing hockey and rugby for Edinburgh University Ladies Rugby team and travelling the length and breadth of the country.
Anna says her favourite song – by far – is ‘Sailing to America’. ‘It’s so amazing to have everyone on stage singing such a catchy and fun-to-sing piece. But I love the other songs too, especially the ballads and those involving the whole cast.’
She thinks it’s going to be a lot of fun playing Mag’s character with her swaying moral compass and sharp tongue. Will the audience love her or hate her? That might depend on your political viewpoint. Bring on the Revolution!