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REVIEW: Alright Sunshine –

Less than 60 short minutes is all writer Isla Cowan has to weave her powerful tale of gender, self-identity and conditioning, Alright Sunshine, currently running as part of Òran Mór’s spring season of A Play, A Pie and a Pint.

Cowan’s impressive writing and Hannah Jarrett-Scott’s equally impressive acting combine perfectly to deliver this multi-layered tale.

Police officer Nicky McCreadie has been conditioned from birth by her policeman father, to be the perfect officer. Giving over her private life and her personal will to be an unquestioning defender of the city of Edinburgh. Nicky weaves her personal tale of dealing with joggers; radges with ferrets; pissed, pale-faced prom queens; Morningside Mummies on The Meadows; beer, BBQs and bravado; domestic dilemma and wrecked relationships.

Cowan is a master of language, the rhythmic, sometimes alliterative script delivers a powerful punch from a seemingly velvet glove. Cowan’s writing allows you to enjoy the story at its amusing face-value, but equally allows you to scratch below the surface to reveal the much darker and less palatable aspects of Nicky’s present and past lives.

The combination of Cowan’s lyrical writing, Jarrett-Scott’s tour-de-force acting and Joanna Bowman’s tight direction is not to be missed.

REVIEW: Cinderfella – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

There has thankfully been a seismic shift in the Pantosphere in recent years to reflect the society we actually live in, and at the forefront has been the Tron Theatre, and more specifically those works from the pen of the wonder boy of panto fabulousness, Johnny McKnight. That said, this is the festive show I’ve attended since childhood and from the days of Peter Capaldi, Forbes Masson, Alan Cumming and Craig Ferguson, it has never felt the need to conform to Christmas norms or patronise its audience. It has a special place in my heart and year on year it never fails to entertain on every level and for every age.

The smashing of gender stereotypes features large in this year’s offering Cinderfella, and boy do they do it with tons of style and even more humour. Poor, orphaned Cinderella is fighting to keep her late parent’s vintage store afloat, her only hope is to meet fashion entrepreneur Princess Charmaine and persuade her to invest in the failing family business. However, the only way a poor pleb like Cinderella can get near the Princess is to get an invite to her annual ball. However, this year the guest-list is a male-only affair – so what’s a girl to do?…

The music is chart-toppingly catchy and composer Ross Brown has obviously caught West End smash Six, another celebration of female strength, there’s also a nod to You’ve Got a Friend in Me in Muttons big solo number.

The all-female cast is absolutely dynamite. Sally Reid, all wide-eyed innocence and guilelessness is the titular hero and her comic timing is masterful. Lauren Ellis-Steele doubles up as “Scotland’s answer to Beyoncé” (more an Adele look-and-sound-alike) and also the Wicked Stepmother – it’s a perfectly pitched performance and Ellis-Steele has a fine set of pipes, and as with all McKnight festive offerings, she gets to go full-on Mariah in All I Want For Christmas, the song that traditionally brings the shows to an end. Jo Freer as Cinderella’s loyal sheep side-kick Muttons is a scene stealer as are Hannah Jarrett-Scott and Daisy Ann Fletcher as Cinders’ hapless and hopeless step-brothers Harry and Larry in eye-popping male-drag. 

This ‘estrogen epidemic’ is so well conceived and so well delivered, you can’t fail to be thoroughly entertained and its message of female self-reliance will make your heart soar. I can’t praise it highly enough – a fantastic, five star, festive feast.

Image: John Johnstone