Men Don't Talk

Written by Clare Prenton

Three men who have never met before find banter, bird boxes and biscuits in a fictional men’s shed in this new play.  Clare Prenton developed the play after working with the members of Peebles and District Men’s Shed to explore male isolation and men’s mental health and wellbeing. The resulting one act play celebrates camaraderie, companionship… and custard creams. It also explores – and perhaps explodes – the myth that Men Don’t Talk.

Men Don’t Talk is presented as a work in progress/rehearsed reading and includes in its cast three professional actors. It was funded by Inspiring Life – The Evie Douglas Memorial Fund and the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles.

The play is followed by a discussion with the cast



Clare Prenton

Greg Powrie is known for River City (2022), Tommy’s Honour (2016), Succession (2018) and Outlander (2014).

Award winning actor Billy Mack won Best Male Performance at the Critics' Award for Theatre in Scotland 2017 for his role as Willy Loman in Dundee Rep's production of Death of a Salesman.

Dougal Lee has chalked up over fifty roles over two decades working at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as well as film credits include The Advocates (1991), Feel the Force (2006) and A Risk Worth Taking (1991).

Scott Noble is appearing in Tom Murray’s play For the Greater DunsPlayFest 2022. He performed in Borders’ Pub Theatre’s Hogg in the Limelight and Take Heart and in 2018 toured with Fuora Dance Project’s W-hat About? and narrated the BBC Scotland documentary The Storm That Saved A City.


Clare Prenton

Clare Prenton is a borders-based director and writer with 20+ years freelance experience working with major UK theatre companies including associate work with Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough and projects for Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Stafford Festival Shakespeare, Traverse; Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Cumbernauld Theatre; English Touring Opera, Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, Opera Holland Park.