Reviewed by Darryl Ryznar
Saturday Night Fever tells the story of a young man, Tony Manero (Richard Windsor), embroiled in Brooklyn’s disco scene in the 1970s. Complete with flares and frills, it follows Tony through his somewhat troubled family life, to the disco scenes where he really shines through his dancing. It’s at the 2001 Discotheque where he enters a dancing competition and meets and competes with Stephanie Mangano (Kate Parr) against two other dance couples (including the outstanding Maria and Caesar, played by Rhoanne Alleyne and Javier Cid). The story unfolds through classic disco hits from the Bee Gees and more including, Tragedy, More than a Woman, Disco Inferno and Jive Talking.
The live band and Bee Gees singers were excellent – the three singers (Edward Handoll, Alastair Hill and Matt Faul) really did play homage to the fantastic Bee Gees brothers and hit all the high notes with apparent ease. The band had the audience up on their feet by the end of the performance, dancing, singing and ‘hustling’ along!
It was a simple stage set up with several raised platforms, two of which house the band and ‘Bee Gees’, while the others were moved around during different scenes to represent different buildings and areas. The lighting played a big part for different scenes too – from the dancefloor with lit up squares (complete with mirrored back drop!), to the Brooklyn Bridge scenes.
The Edinburgh Playhouse is one of Scotland’s most famous venues. Located in Edinburgh’s East End, it’s close to Waverley Station and St Andrews Bus station in central Edinburgh, with free parking on street after 6.30pm nearby. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, so it’s easy to make an evening out of heading to the theatre.
If you’re looking for a funky time, I’d recommend you strut to the Playhouse for an evening of fun.
Tickets cost from £26.90 to £58.40 (plus £3.65 transaction fee).
Saturday Night Fever is at the Edinburgh Playhouse from 23-27 October 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh or call the box office on 0844 871 3014.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 18–22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA | 0844 871 3014