Now in its second year, Tram Direct’s Rabbie The Man is The Shed’s alternative Burns’ Night, and it aims to put the man behind the annual revelries firmly at centre stage.
Revered from Tokyo to Moscow, every year there are celebrations to the great man on the 25th January the world over. However, Burns is a man of many contradictions, inspiration to liberal thinkers and socialists, ploughman poet and society darling, serial philanderer as well as loving and devoted husband, Burns means many things to many people.
Most of the elements that those familiar with the traditional celebrations are all here in Rabbie The Man: The Selkirk Grace; The Toast to the Lassies; The Immortal Memory, there’s even haggis, but are entertainingly woven through with a dramatised biography of the life of The Bard. Isobel Barrett’s script manages to present a healthily balanced portrait of a man who attracts the undiminished adulation of a nation. Burns is charismatically played by Colin McGowan who delivers a well-judged performance of this complex and often conflicted man and the evening is rounded out by songs, poetry and reflection: Ae Fond Kiss and A Red, Red Rose are beautifully sung by Gill Gilmour, a spirited rendition of Holy Wullie’s Prayer is given by Graeme Dallas and a heartfelt and eloquent Immortal Memory by David Sturgeon.
For those who want a slightly different take on the traditional Burns supper.
From 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.
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.
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 Kate, Guys and Dolls, Hello 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