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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: The Lying King at The Shed

In the jungle, the quiet jungle…a Lying King sleeps tonight! There’s a rumble in the jungle as Scarf’s roar as The Lying King is under threat of being silenced forever! The young upstart Cub Scout Prince Sumba Dee tries to get his Paws on the Palace…But Sumba Dee is Nae Ba Dee without Santa’s helpers! The People’s Palace needs their help!

But Dame Nanny-Nellie Phant never forgets a face (or the two faced) and rounds up a team to help get the Prince to The People’s Palace…Scarf, The Lying King plans to send everyone to Prospecthill Circus and close The People’s Palace down forever and turn it into his own jungle!

Oh no he Disnae!

With a roar of jungle jingles and a herd of laughter lines, The Lying King is a Disnae Classic!

For dates and tickets see below:

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER 2019 – Paddy’s Market: A New Music for an Old Market

Paddy’s Market: A New Music for an Old Market

A TRAM Direct & Arts Enigma Production present Paddy’s Market: A New Music for an Old Market
Written by Paul Moore
Directed by Isobel Barrett
Original Music by Michael McEneny

“Hawfaperrashoos?
Haw hen, you hen! In yer nice tweed coat! Haw hen, you hen! Come see what I’ve got!”

The iconic “Paddy’s Market” flea market is brought back to life, in true “Parliamo Glesga” style. Controversially shut down by City Council in 2009…The end of an era! Join “Big Malkie and Gallus Alice” and take a trip down memory and bargain lane.

Cobbles full of characters and patter, deals and wheels in motion, when real Glasgow was about their bread, their butter and their livelihood.

“A show that does Glasgow proud”

Available to book online or by calling Rutherglen Town Hall on 0141 613 5700.

Date: 12 Sep 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: £15.00 / £13.00 conc

Venue: Rutherglen Town Hall

WHAT’S ON MARCH: The Third Tenant at The Shed

Why are Lena and Lisbeth sharing a flat when they have nothing in common but a mutual dislike? What will happen to their fragile co-existence when another lodger is forced upon them? Who, and what, are these women and who is the volatile Third Tenant?

The Third Tenant will be at The Shed, Langside Avenue, Shawlands, Glasgow from Thursday 19th March until Saturday 21st March 2015 at 7pm.

Tickets £10/£8

To book email: manager@tramdirect.com or phone: 0141 637 0778

WHAT’S ON MARCH 2015: Get along to The Shed for some March Merriment

In the words of Victor Hugo: “laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face”, so join David ‘Mr. Piano’ Sturgeon and Gill McGowan for some silly songs to put a smile on your face even if the sun isn’t shining outside. a collection of comedy classic that includes musical theatre numbers, parodies and stand alone songs that are sure to have you singing and laughing all the way home. It promises to be a fun way to spend your afternoon.

The Shed, Shawlands

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March 2015 at 3pm

Tickets £8

For tickets: manager@tramdirect.com 0141 637 0778

REVIEW: Rabbie The Man – The Shed, Shawlands, Glasgow

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.

 

REVIEW: Beyond The Rainbow – Live@The Shed, Glasgow

cid_2dbfa219-15ff-467c-838c-6ef5c79f60e7This review was originally written for and published by The Public Reviews at:

http://www.thepublicreviews.com/beyond-the-rainbow-livethe-shed-glasgow/

Writer: Isobel Barrett

Director: Isobel Barrett

The Public Reviews Rating: ★★★★★

Beyond The Rainbow, staged in the intimate, candle-lit, cabaret club style surroundings of The Shed in Glasgow, charts the troubled life of the legendary Judy Garland. This little gem of a musical play, from the pen of Isobel Barrett, flashes back from the sad spectacle of Garland’s final disastrous days to her early life as a child star, through the abuse she suffered at the hands of studio executives and the endless quest for love and acclaim from her audience, a love which so sadly eluded her in her private life.

Garland’s decline has been much-charted, most recently in Peter Quilter’s triumphant End of the Rainbow, and there has been the tendency to descend into well-worn cliché in its telling, but Barrett resists this, managing to get to the heart of the woman and examine the demos which drove her to such a sorry end. A woman who, reflecting on her teenage years at MGM said: “They’d give us pep pills then they’d take us to the studio hospital and knock us cold with sleeping pills, after four hours they’d wake us up and give us the pep pills again”. The play cleverly interweaves some of Garland’s finest tunes into the action, retaining the narrative thread whilst punctuating the piece with colour and emotion, and giving the audience the chance to hear these beloved songs sung live.

Noreen Boyle is triumphant as Garland, delivering a highly emotive and finely nuanced performance. Not only does her voice manage to capture the star’s famous vibrato but she also manages to convincingly convey the torture Garland endured both physically and psychologically throughout her life. Drugged by both pills and the unquenchable desire for acclaim from her audience, it is often painful to watch as she manages to wring yet another performance from her drug riddled body. She trembles before us, a tiny, vulnerable figure captured in the spotlight, trapped between the the desire to run and the desire for acclaim from her audience.

This is no cheap cabaret or jukebox musical but a compelling and intense two hander which refuses to shy away from the less palatable aspects of Garland’s life. It leaves both performer and audience moved, but ultimately uplifted by the feeling that you have been in the presence of a legend.

There’s definitely gold at the end of this rainbow, unmissable.

Comments:

  1. Joe Dunn
    3:42 pm on November 19th, 2013

    Amazing thoroughly enjoyed the show I would say the report above describes the performance to a tee.

    Simply unmissable five stars all round .

  2. Linda Allan
    8:14 pm on November 19th, 2013

    Very well written and accurate review of this absolutely amazing show. This has to be one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. Very powerful storyline executed to perfection by Noreen Boyle and her co star. If this show goes on tour I would highly recommend doing anything you can to get your hands on a ticket.

  3. Shirley canning
    9:16 pm on November 19th, 2013

    This show has to go on the road, I want everyone to see this wonderful performance. An absolute treat and pleasure to watch.

  4. James Wilson
    12:45 pm on November 20th, 2013

    Can’t praise this show highly enough … I hope others get the chance to see it. Highly recommended for superb acting, great songs and a moving story. *****

  5. Nuala Grace
    4:40 pm on November 25th, 2013

    ​Over the Rainbow at the Shed Newlands, was a highly evocative piece of enthralling theatre about the rise and fall of legendary Judy Garland. Noreen Preston embodied the soul and spirit of this great talent – a no mean feat to undertake – with such brilliance that we were transported to the inner world of one of our greatest divas. Highly entertaining, a strong story, and great production, this is a theatrical gem that must continue with Ms Preston, it certainly deserves a place beyond the Shed, and would be great to see it again, if only at the Edinburgh Festival.​

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.