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REVIEW: Miss Demeanour – Lunchtime Live@The Shed,Glasgow

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It seems as if there’s no way to escape Christmas; the sleigh bells are jingling, the cries of “it’s behind you” are ringing out in theatres up and down the land and the cry “it’s Christmaaaaaaas” is assaulting your ears from every shop speaker.

For theatre-goers looking for an escape there are few opportunities, but Graeme Dallas’ one (wo)man show Miss Demeanour offers a cheeky and sometimes thought-provoking alternative to the usual festive fodder. The tale of a down on her luck drag queen about to give her last performance before jetting off to the sunshine and a new life, is in turn laugh out loud funny and heart-breakingly tragic.

Charting the less than glamorous ups and downs of a life lived in the (somewhat dim) spotlight: less than flattering costumes; a shocking blonde fright wig; criminal lip-synching and some truly dodgy dialogue, from the outset it isn’t hard to see why Miss Demeanour is down on her luck. As we scratch the surface all is not what it seems, behind the sparkle our heroine is desperate to escape with her partner to a life in the sun, but as the story unfolds an inevitable aura of tragedy hangs high in the air.

The play is tear-inducingly funny in parts, the Madonna scene is a highlight and Dallas handles the more dramatic parts with aplomb. Where the piece falls down is in a bit of polish. The linking dialogue and audience patter needs a bit more work to make it flow better and the drama could be ramped up even more to provide even greater contrast. That said, the mascara was running down this reviewers face at times and the show thought-provokingly hit the mark at others. With a little bit of work this could be a real gem.

REVIEW: You Go to My Head – Live@TheShed, Shawlands, Glasgow

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This article was originally written for and published by The Public Reviews

This new cabaret show from Tram Direct is the latest offering in the fledgling Live@TheShed lunchtime theatre programme. You Go to My Head takes us on a trip back in time to the golden age of the Hollywood musical. Presenting an hour choc-full of classic tunes, it not only endeavours to entertain but educate a little too. The songs are entertainingly interspersed with information about the origins of each song and some biographical detail about the colourful lives of their composers. There’s even a bit of a musical theatre quiz thrown in to keep the audience on its toes.

The three engaging performers: Reaghan Reilly, Filipa Fallow and Liam Lambie, keep the proceedings going apace and their complimentary voices make for an interesting and varied show. The programme is a pleasing mix of solos, duets and company numbers and the block-busting musicals represented include: Kiss Me KateGuys and DollsHello Dolly, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Showboat. There are changes of pace and tone throughout with ballads, big show-stoppers and some comedy to lighten the mood. There is something for everyone here, there are even some big songs from unknown shows which have in turn become pop standards: “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” to name a few. Particular highlights include Reilly’s spirited rendition of “I Hate Men”, Lambie’s “Luck be a Lady Tonight”  and Fallow and Reilly’s duet on “A Bushel and a Peck”.

As well as delivering high quality, entertaining and original shows which give new and young performers a platform to showcase their talents, Live@TheShed brings theatre right to the doorstep of residents in the south side of Glasgow. With a drink and a snack lunch thrown in for the ticket price it really is a winner.

Runs on Saturdays and Sundays until 6th October

REVIEW: Letters From Home – Live@The Shed

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This review was originally written for and published  by The Public Reviews

Writer: Liam Lambie

Directors: Liam Lambie & Filipa Fallow

Musical Director: Filipa Fallow

The Public Reviews Rating: ★★★★★

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Liam Lambie’s Letters From Home is a cynical exploitation of Britain’s current obsession with nostalgia: as a nation we are drowning in a sea of Cath Kidston tea towels, festive bunting and vintage china tea parties, instead this musical play is an impressively accomplished, vivid and genuinely moving evocation of Glasgow life in the 1930s and 40′s.

This two-hander charts the story of Hughie McGuire (Liam Lambie) and Margaret Hamilton (Filipa Fallow), two young people who grow up in the tenements of Glasgow. We follow the pair as their love story develops in the early 1930s, watch as their lives are torn apart by the declaration of World War Two and walk the rocky road through to V-E Day with them as the troops come marching home. Seamlessly interwoven into the dialogue are some of the biggest and most emotive hits of the era.

This isn’t a rose-tinted spectacles version of the 40′s, instead it confronts head-on some of the less palatable aspects of life in wartime. Writer and actor Lambie resists the temptation to cheapen the piece with a predictable story-line and lazy caricatures, preferring to imbue his characters with depth and deliver a story-line with genuine originality, and as a result the piece packs real emotional punch. The dialogue is sharply crafted and vibrant and there are belly laughs a-plenty peppered throughout the piece, which make the dramatic highs when they come, all the more affecting.

On such a simplistic set, with few props and costume changes, the story-line and acting have to do all of the hard work. Lambie and Fallow are an extremely talented pair, in particular Lambie as Hughie has an appealing charm that’s hard to resist; part rogue, part charmer, but ultimately flawed hero with a heart of gold, the depth of the emotion displayed by the young actor is worthy of the highest praise as are his vocals. Fallow too is an accomplished performer, exuding a real warmth, her singing voice perfectly evoking the wartime era.

This is a funny, moving and affecting little corker of a play which leaves a lasting impression. That it was written and performed by a pair of young professionals at the beginning of their careers is all the more impressive.