The new stage production based on DC Thomson’s 80 year-old comic strip, The Broons, had its press night at Perth Concert Hall in Scotland on 29 September 2016.
And in keeping with cartoon’s capacity to bring on guests, press night featured none other than Susan Boyle, dashing across stage in a one-off brief cameo appearance. Of course the heart of the show is Maw Broon, with Paw Broon in tow as she take care of her eight-strong family and old Grandpaw Broon.
We will review the show when it comes to The King’sm Edinbugh on 1 November 2016. For the meantime, we’ve gathered some production shots hot from the lens of the ever wonderful Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.
While the rather cavernous venue of the Perth Concert Hall is more suited to big orchestras and highly orchestrated political rallies, it at least showed off Rob Drummond’s script to good effect. Granpaw Broon (Kern Falconer) contemplates life, whisky and cabbages as The Twins (Kevin Lennon and Duncan Brown) prepare another escapade.
There are a succession of strong performances from the 11-strong cast, too. All of whom act and play instruments in a show that is heavy on its musical offerings… If they can all sing more than adequately there is also a strong sense of physicality to their performances. Notably from lanky Tyler Colins as Hen.
With almost three hours to fill, there is plenty of room for all the different Broons to shine… There is also plenty of time for a succession of peripheral characters to make an appearance, from the Meenister to a host of aged relatives.
The production certainly captures the spirit and tone of the original. We are all looking forward to finding out what Broons aficionado Hugh Simpson makes of it when it comes to the King’s.