1-5 November 2016
Reviewed by Deborah Mackenzie
As we settled down in our seats, the curtains were open and there were HUGE red letters on the stage – BROONS! and the walls were covered in comic strip paper of Scotland’s much loved comic family. The Broons have been cleverly brought alive by Rob Drummond and director Andrew Panton for the Sell A Door Theatre Company in association with Perth Theatre.
It begins with Maw Broon attempting to bring the family together for a snapshot and it is at this moment that glamour-puss Maggie announces her impending wedding, and with it the move to America. On hearing this Maw Broon goes all out to hold her family together, just like they have always been.
It is a familiar story of working class families; is this all there is to life? Drummond portrays that not all is braw with the family as they are eager to seek adventure, love and dreams outside of Glebe street. But Maw is not yet ready for her chicks to fly the nest and goes about sabotaging their plans – some of which land her in hot water!
This cast of eleven, who even resembled their comic strip characters, are proficient in their musical talents, singing and expression! During the show the audience completed phrases automatically; Jings, crivens or help ma boab! even singing and clapping along in ceilidh tradition to many Scottish favourites.
The Broons brought back memories of reading the comic strip and annual as a child, the chuckles and laughter of their antics; but the reality is family stick together no matter what. The Glebe Street gang may have moved with the times; internet dating, online interviews and far flung travel, they are still Scotland’s favourite family and now that they have stepped out of the pages, nothing has changed except we can see them for real!
I enjoyed this show, it had a fun, yet emotional storyline, song, dance and comedy. The performers were wonderfully talented in music, song and acting; from their expression to song they engaged the audience. We became the neighbours of 10 Glebe street for a fleeting moment in time.
Tickets cost from £17 to £30.50 (booking fees may apply).
The Broons is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh until 5 November 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000