False alarm: the Pantry Playhouse is not back in business. However, the former Dumfries Road hotspot has been hosting shows based on special arrangement with the occasional producer (due to shortage of space in the Corporate Area), a Pantry source tells TALLAWAH. Last year, they accommodated Ricky Rowe’s Four Bulla and a Patty and recently the hit comedy Something Fishy had performances there. Owner Karl Hart closed the theatre doors in 2015 (after more than a decade of memorable performances and other events), citing financial hardships and a desire to focus on the catering side of the business.
Rosie Murray is alive and giving thanks! The award-winning actress, who suffered a massive heart attack two weeks ago, was recently released from hospital counting her blessings. Speaking with TALLAWAH over the phone recently, she confided that after checks with her cardiologist, she will be making several “lifestyle changes” during this recovery period and beyond to prevent a recurrence. Murray (whose stage credits include Not My Child, For My Daughter, Wine & Roses and the one-woman show, Slice of Life) is due to reprise her role in this month’s remount of the ensemble dramedy Saving Grace at the Phoenix Theatre.