Preview: Grease, Church Hill Theatre

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THE Bohemians go back to school this week, or to be more precise, to Rydell High, when they present Grease, at the Church Hill Theatre.

The Greasers, led by heart-throb Danny Zuko, and their girls, The Pink Ladies, led by Betty Rizzo, reminisce over Summer Nights with the arrival of the new girl in town – Sandy Dumbrowski. Revving up Greased Lightning they all Go Together and start Shakin’ at the High School Hop until Danny finally realises that Sandy is The One That I Want.

The Bohemians perform Grease. Pic: Comp

The Bohemians perform Grease. Pic: Comp

Director Colin Cairncross says, “Speaking to members of the committee, who were at school in Edinburgh around the time Grease is set, indicates that while there were similarities, there were also a lot of differences to the school experience in the late-50s.

“The level of strictness for a start and the separation of boys and girls, with each having their own entrance to the school. There was none of that at Rydell High.

“However there are some similarities too; the teen idols in the Jackie magazines, smoking behind the bike sheds and sneaking around with the boys. Some things never change. From the devotion to Elvis Presley or One Direction, the teenage angst never changes.”

In 1978, Grease became a hugely popular feature film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

On stage, Grease premiered in Chicago in 1971, opening on Broadway a year later. It was revived in New York in 1994 and again in 2007.

Grease, Church Hill Theatre, Morningside, until Saturday, 7.30pm (matinee 2.30pm), £14-£15, http://bohemians.org.uk/buy-tickets/