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REVIEW: A Blether and a Bop at the Barrowland – The Shed, Glasgow

barrasFrom the pen of Tracey Curran comes this nostalgic look at the life and loves of Glasgow couple Janette (Tracey Curran) and Patrick (Will Spiers) from their meeting at the fabled Barrowland Ballroom, falling in and out of love to ultimately remembering the feelings that brought them together in the first place. All played out to a backdrop of memories of the famous Glasgow nightspot.

This play with music effectively captures the spirit of the late 50’s and 60’s and is choc full of appeal to the huge numbers of Glasgow couples who met and found romance in the legendary venue.

There’s as much pathos as humour here as Curran touches on the reality of romance with the typical west of Scotland man. The charm and patter quickly fading as the reality of everyday life strikes. The dialogue is relatable and elicited many murmurs of agreement and familiarity. The songs too are evocative of the era and of Glasgow itself. Interspersed between the scenes are dances from the Rock ‘Til U Drop Jive Club whose energy and fleet-footed choreography is a delight to watch and provides a clever cover for the scene changes.

Much enjoyed by the audience, this little Glasgow gem will hopefully have a life beyond the Lunchtime Live at The Shed programme.

4 ****

REVIEW: Cocktails for Two – An Afternoon of Cole Porter, The Shed, Glasgow

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The weekend lunchtime theatre programme at The Shed in Glasgow is fast becoming home to some little theatrical gems. Following the success of Beyond the Rainbow and also from the pen of Isobel Barrett, comes Cocktails for Two a biographical cabaret of the life, loves and work of the acclaimed composer.

Witty, erudite and wonderful, who could fail to be entertained by the sublime show tunes of Porter: “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “You do Something to Me”, “Anything Goes” and “Night and Day” to name a few, only begin to scratch the surface of the vast back catalogue of hits. This show is an edited highlights programme of the most famous and emotive numbers.

The two performers Noreen Boyle, fresh from her success as Judy Garland and Chris McLaughlin, add life and vitality to the songs, in particular McLaughlin’s pitch-perfect comic delivery of “Blow Gabriel Blow” and heart-rending rendition of “So in Love”. Boyle’s evocative voice also conjurs up the era perfectly especially in “In the Still of the Night” and “Night and Day”. The pair entertainingly interlace the songs with an informative and entertaining biography of the colourful Porter.

The show also runs this weekend Saturday and Sunday. Doors 12pm for a 1pm show. Each ticket includes a drink and a bite to eat.

Tickets available from: manager@tramdirect / Tel: 0141 637 0778 or on the door.

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.