Bearsden writer delivered pizzas to fund play at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Tom Bonnington (right) with Rory Mcgregor the director and Daisy Hale the producer on the left.
Tom Bonnington (right) with Rory Mcgregor the director and Daisy Hale the producer on the left.

One Bearsden man is so determined to become a writer that he’s been delivering pizzas to fund a performance of a play he’s written.

Tom Bonnington (22) is also producing the play he’s penned called ‘The Greenville Ghost’, which will be on stage as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.

The former High School of Glasgow pupil from Thorn Road has been working at Domino’s pizza take-away in Bearsden for the past year to get enough cash for the project - which he hopes will gain recognition for his name in the literary world.

He also used £500 prize money from an appearance on the BBC One quiz show ‘Pointless’ last September with his friend Phil Revie, who also lives on Thorn Road.

They were lucky because their jackpot question was on the topic of Glasgow subway stations, which they both knew well.

Tom graduated from York University last year with a degree in history and wrote the play in February this year. Since then he’s formed his own theatre company and recruited a director, production assistant and cast of four actors.

He said: “I want to be a full-time writer and it’s good to get your name out there and get people to view your work.

“I was ecstatic when I heard I’d been given a venue for my play and it’s quite a good one.”

The Greenville Ghost is a satirical farce about a failing hotel and the owners attempts to revive it by pretending that it’s haunted by the ghost of a First World War soldier.

And the ghoul may or may not have been a conscientiously objecting Quaker, with a handlebar moustache... you will need to watch the play to find out!

It will be performed from July 30 to August 25 at C nova on Victoria Street, off the Grassmarket.