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WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: New, original Scottish Comedy at Websters

Two sell out shows from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 are combining to bring Glasgow a night of brand new, original, Scottish comedy.

Glass Knuckles Productions presents Deep Fried by John Gerard Crossan and Kyle Hamill. Told from the grimmest fast food establishment in the country, Deep Fried follows new boy Daniel and his layabout colleagues as they face the trials and tribulations of the fast food life; grease, grime, and their a**e of a boss. Filthy laughs in an even filthier restaurant.

Weegie Hink Ae That? presents Where Ye Fae?. To make all the s***e in the world seem a bit less s***e… wan sketch at a time. From politics to Scotch pies, from fitbaw to songs about seshin, we cover it aw. Through the use of Scottish culture and humour ‘Where Ye Fae?’ will have yer wee belly chuckling from start to finish. Sketches, songs, a couple ae guys in thongs? Why not? Anything for the cause… Soo Weegie Hink Ae That?

Tickets- £11.50 Adults/ £10 concessions
http://www.webstersglasgow.com/events/deep-fried-ye-fae/

Suitable for 14+

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: New play Booze at Webster’s Theatre

Our Time Theatre Group presents ‘Booze’, written & directed by Alan Brady.

Booze is the so often untold story of the physical and emotional damage caused by another’s addiction to alcohol.

Growing up with violence, dysfunction and unavailable parents leaves scars, and sometimes the people charged with looking after us, are the ones most in need of help.

Suitable for 14+

There will be one interval

TICKETS: http://www.webstersglasgow.com/events/booze-2017-10-27/

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: TRAM Direct presents Follow Through by John Hughes at Webster’s

TRAM Direct present Follow Through by John Hughes at Webster’s Theatre on 30 September 2017.

It is ten years since the boys were together ‘touching cloth’ in the Glasgow Shipyards. Now John Paul George and Shug meet again for the funeral of a shipyard worker. For Jean, the Barmaid, this is her first encounter with the bampots as she calls them. Sausage rolls and booze are on order as part of the purvey. How have the lads progressed? Have their dreams and ambitions been realised? What hasn’t changed is their fast fire humour, comedy moments and great one liners. If you laughed at ‘Touching Cloth’ then this follow up will not disappoint.

Tickets £13.50 Adults/£11.50 Concessions (ticket price inc. ticket admin fee which will display at the checkout) (fee applicable to all tickets, including tickets bought on the day)

Recommended suitable for 16+ due to language and content

There will be one interval

 

REVIEW: Carrie – Webster’s Theatre, Glasgow

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It takes a brave theatre company to tackle a show based on a 1974 Stephen King novel, notoriously dubbed the “most legendary flop musical ever produced”, well Glasgow-based Mad Props Theatre are just that, staging Michael Gore, Lawrence D Cohen and Dean Pitchford’s Carrie.

Debuting in 1988, (unbelievably) at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, it was met with decidedly mixed reviews, but that was nothing compared to its Broadway run, plagued with script and technical problems and the near-decapitation of musical theatre legend Barbara Cook, it closed after five performances, the most expensive theatre flop of its time. Thankfully, time has been kind, and after a successful 2015 revival at the Southwark Playhouse, Mad Props present the Scottish premiere.

Told in a series of flashbacks by her only ally Sue, Carrie is a telekinetic teen with an oppressive religious fanatic of a mother, humiliated by her classmates at prom, she wreaks her revenge on those who’ve wronged her.

The problems that have always existed with the production – weak script, forgettable music are still here, but thankfully judicial trimming, tight direction and some fine performances elevate this production above its source material.

Stand out among the talented cast is Katy Allan as Carrie’s controlling and abusive mother,  hers is a finely measured performance, that, despite the titters from some of the audience, treads the fine line between hysterical exaggeration and frightening believability. Louise Creechan’s acting skills are also worthy of note, she delivers the requisite intensity and naive vulnerability of the put-upon teen perfectly (as well as bearing a startling resemblance to movie Carrie, Sissy Spacek). There is also a brace of fine performances from the ensemble, the only gripe being a lack of dancing skills that rendered this very professional looking production a bit shambolic at times.

The small stage at Websters fits the production like a glove and the special effects are impressive from an amateur company.

Hugely entertaining and impressively delivered, mad props must go to Mad Props for continuing to deliver something different to musical theatre audiences in Glasgow – long may it continue.

 

REVIEW: Two Tribes – Websters Theatre, Glasgow

It’s 1983, the East End of Glasgow and dyed-in-the-wool Celtic fan Archie McCann’s daughters Kathleen and Tricia are getting married on the same day. That day just happens to be the day of the League Cup final between Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers. To add to the mayhem, future sons-in-law Kevin and Billy have season tickets for opposite sides of Glasgow’s great footballing divide. Will it be football or family that wins in the end? Alan Brady’s Two Tribes explores familiar tropes from the sectarian troubles of the city and life in the outrageous 80s.

The packed audience at Webster’s laughed heartily throughout, enjoying Brady’s play thoroughly and they had a brace of fine performances to thank for it, Sarah Meikle convinces as daughter Kathleen as do Alex Nimmo and Colin McGowan as Kevin and Billy, but standout among them is the actress playing clairvoyant, nosy next-door neighbour Maggie, who garners the lion’s share of the evening’s laughs.

While this is rich subject matter, the narrative needs more focus and there were long periods where it all seemed to be going nowhere and already laboured jokes were repeated unnecessarily, there was also an astonishing amount of profanity, in a city where swear-words are used as everyday adjectives it was still too much.

There is though, an attempt to deliver more depth, the plot thread with CND supporting wife Rita pondering a life unfulfilled has some beautifully observed moments and some cracking lines, as did the reflections on Maggie the clairvoyant’s life, but it was all a bit lost in a sea of crassness and cheap laughs. There’s potential here and with a fresh pair of outside eyes on it, really could deliver the goods.

WHAT’S ON MARCH 2015: Hero Worship by Sonic Boom

Websters Theatre, Glasgow 17th March

Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock 21st March

(Approx running time 90mins)

Anachronism is a super hero.

Sure, to the untrained eye it seems as like he’s just a normal mild-mannered super market worker who likes to take his puppy for walks in the park but in actual fact he IS a super hero.

What’s his power, you ask?

Well, he’s still trying to figure that out.

Using a combination of theatre, storytelling and fast paced energetic poetry this one man show takes us on an often hilarious, often poignant journey through the worlds of our own inner monologues and explores whether we all have some kind of secret identity.