Review: Glasgow Girls

If there was ever a musical that captures the heart and warmth of Glaswegian culture, this is it. Glasgow Girls tells the story of a group of Drumchapel school girls, who campaigned against the practice of sending families (including minors) to detention centres, going as far as the First Minister and Holyrood. A governmental decision in the late 1990s to move families seeking asylum out of London to cities and areas around the rest of the UK, had resulted in a mass influx to Glasgow’s under populated high rises. Around this time one in eight pupils at ‘one of the toughest schools, in one of the toughest areas, in the toughest city in Scotland’, was an asylum seeker. The musical directed with well observed detail by Cora Bissett, charts the girls’ experience as they fall in love with Glasgow and Drumchapel – their safe haven from the horrors of war.

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Catrin Sheridan: We are always looking for ways to enrich the experiences

The annual King’s Theatre panto is a joyful highlight of the capital’s festive celebrations. With so many flocking to see Beauty and the Beast this year, the show’s run brought huge amount of joy to those of all ages. Last month, Capital Theatres was able to extend a very special invite to some deserving local children and their parents. The families, who are being supported by CCLASP (Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice & Support for Parents), took part in a truly memorable behind the scenes experience and interactive workshop. I spoke to Catrin Sheridan, Learning & Participation Coordinator at Capital Theatres, to find out more about the initiative.

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Review: Mary Queen of Scots

There’s a flurry of films coming out at the moment with strong female characters at the centre: The Favourite, Colette, Disobedience and this one, Mary Queen of Scots. About time too. Perhaps Hollywood’s financiers are finally realising (post Weinstein), the value of allowing the stories and portrayals of remarkable women to come to the fore. This is not the first interpretation of Mary Stuart and her defiant Gaelic passion, but in the latest version written by Beau Willimon, the emphasis is on the similarities between Stuart, and her English reigning cousin, Elizabeth.

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Review: Kinky Boots

Life is better with glitter. Kinky Boots has it in bucket loads, but it’s not just about the glitz. This show has a profound and beautiful message, tenderness, compassion – and resounding, uplifting joy.

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Review: Scottish Ballet’s Cinderella

There are three options when presenting a Christmas ballet, especially Cinderella… Appeal to those for whom this kind of theatre visit is a rarity – or indeed a one off. Fill it with glitz, glitter and every familiar trope and expectation of the dearly loved story, complete with opulent costumes and epic, grandiose sets. Second, take a fresh look at the narrative with a starker, darker, more real and arty interpretation, likely to please frequent ballet goers who tire of samey, traditional versions of well known classics they’ve seen so many times. Third, do something in between. Scottish Ballet’s 2018 festive offering takes this latter option and while it’s undoubtedly impressive, I fear the middle ground doesn’t quite leave us satisfied.

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