Tuesday, 18 December 2018

A little bit of sunshine

YOU could walk 500 miles to see Sunshine on Leith but there is really no need.

YOU could walk 500 miles to see Sunshine on Leith but there is really no need.

Henley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production tells the tale of two young squaddies, newly returned to Edinburgh from Afghanistan, who each find love and late nights waiting for them in the city’s port, Leith.

Ally is returning to a long-running relationship with Davy’s sister Liz, who in turn sets up Davy with her friend Yvonne.

Families, friendships and work are not all plain sailing in a funny yet poignant story about love and life.

Will Davy and Ally be able to settle back to life in the slow lane after their nerve-wracking yet adventurous life in the desert?

This brilliant stage play, written by Stephen Greenhorn and accompanied by music from Craig and Charlie Reid, the Leith-born twins better known as The Proclaimers, will lift you and restore your faith in the strength of the human spirit.

However, even if you are not a fan of the folk-rock duo you will appreciate their lyrics as they ring with a blunt poetry that’s seldom acknowledged, let alone savoured.

The show is built around more than a dozen Proclaimers songs that will leave you with cask-strength, capillary-reddening tingles of happiness to the very tip of your nose, culminating in the mesmeric I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).

You can also meet the cast after the show on Friday, April 17, including Ian Head, in charge of direction and music, choreographer Jennamarie Smith, in The HAODS Studio adjacent to the theatre.

Tickets cost £14 to £16 (children £9) and shows start at 7.30pm except Saturday, when it begins at 7pm following a 2.30pm matinée.

Call the box office on (01491) 575698 or see www.kentontheatre.co.uk

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