7-12 November 2016
Reviewed by Lorna Templeton
The Glebe Street bunch, The Broons, have been loved by generations of Scots since the 1930s, so it’s surprising it has taken this long to come to the stage. But it was worth the wait. The show is delightful, witty and fun.
Joyce Falconer does a fabulous turn as Maw Broon, supported by a strong ensemble cast. The story of Maw trying to keep the family together despite modern life and growing up threatening to separate them was typical of the Broons we all know and love. Special mention to Euan Bennet as Horace, his talents as a singer and musician really shone, and to Tyler Collins as Hen, the character could have jumped right out of the Sunday Post, his cartoonish physical comedy was played to perfection. There were no bad performers in the cast though, and it was their strength together that left the audience wanting more. The nods to mysteries such as the Bairn’s name and But & Ben’s location, as well as knowing references to River City and other more current topics, were well-judged.
The music was fun, although the strong story meant it wasn’t necessary, it would have worked just as well without many of the songs. The episodic nature of the Broons would lend itself well to TV as well as the stage, now it has been established that it works in a live action format. I was left feeling I would love to see more of the family’s adventures.
It was a lovely, nostalgic, funny night that would appeal just as much to children as to pensioners, the Broons really never age, and I hope they, and the show, are around for many years to come.
Tickets cost from £13.90 to £39.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The Broons is at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow until 12 November 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647