Karen Koren: Andy and Grant hit the road

Grant Stott and Andy Gray. Pic Ian Rutherford
Grant Stott and Andy Gray. Pic Ian Rutherford
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THE Gilded Balloon’s hit show Kiss Me Honey, Honey! starts its tour of Scotland this week. Andy Gray and Grant Stott, who delight audiences in the pantomime at the King’s Theatre every Christmas, have worked incredibly hard at extending the piece for touring. The play now has an interval and there have been lots of extra bits added that have enhanced the show and made it even funnier than before.

We have had a set built, added a backdrop and had help from Slaters in George Street with Andy and Grant’s suits. I am looking forward to seeing the reaction of audiences to all the new scenes.

As you may know, the award-winning play premiered at the Fringe. Its success was due in part to Philip Meek’s excellent writing, the hard work and direction of Sam Kane, but most of all it has been the boys themselves, Grant and Andy, with their hard work and camaraderie in the piece that makes it work so well.

The reviews have been very good. Of Andy Gray they have said that he delivers a master class of comic acting and of Grant Stott, while not particularly well known in the acting field (aside from panto baddies), he really delivers the goods. Of Philip Meeks’ script they said, ‘well-written, snappy dialogue, Meeks has once again created a memorable show.’

This has been an excellent experience for me and everyone involved at the Gilded Balloon. We would very much like the production to go further afield and let others see how good it is.

First, however, we need the Scottish audiences to come and see for themselves what it is to go and see some expert comic theatre. In the true tradition of farce, it cannot fail to impress and ultimately entertain.

It opens tonight and tours all over Scotland before eventually returning home at the King’s Theatre on 16 and 17 October.

See you then.