Preview: Boogie Nights – The 70s Musical

Edinburgh Music Theatre. Jennifer Good as Debs and Magnus Sinding Halvold as Roddy in Boogie Nights. Pic: Comp
Edinburgh Music Theatre. Jennifer Good as Debs and Magnus Sinding Halvold as Roddy in Boogie Nights. Pic: Comp
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PLATFORMS and perms, flares and fondues, leotards and leg-warmers... the Seventies have a lot for which to answer.

But while the fashion police of today would have a field day, one thing they’d have to admit, the decade produced some of the best feel-good pop, as Edinburgh Music Theatre (EMT) have been discovering.

This week, EMT take a booty-shaking, fun-filled trip down memory lane in Jon Conway’s groovetastic Boogie Nights – The 70s Musical, at the Church Hill Theatre.

“Boogie Nights is the ideal escape from the drudgery of our everyday lives, perfectly capturing that period where youthful optimism becomes distorted by reality, doubts and paying the bills,” says director Michael Davies.

“We all have moments in our lives which change the path we follow. These are influenced by the times we live in and the careers we pursue, but most of all, by the loved ones we keep close to us and sometimes ultimately push away.”

Which is pretty much the story of Roddy O’Neil. A wannabe rock star, Roddy and his friends survive their mundane Monday to Friday existence by living it up each Saturday night at the local disco, Boogie Nights.

Cue a playlist of Top of the Pops classics including, Celebration, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Happy Days, Disco Inferno, Play That Funky Music and We Are Family.

“Originally set in the South of England, this production moves the action further North,” says Davies.

“The wildly ambitious dreams of the younger generation to follow in their idols and become the next rock ‘n’ roll superstars are cloaked in on-going political unrest, still rumbling on from the post-war era, and highlighted by the father-son relationship at the heart of Roddy’s story.”

Davies, who makes his directing debut for EMT with Boogie Nights, adds, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the amazing energy of this company and excited to share the fun and hard work that the 23 strong ensemble has put into this party musical.”

Boogie Nights – The 70s Musical, Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road, tonight-Saturday, 7.30pm (matinee 2.30pm), £10-£14, 0131-228 1155