Review: Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith. Pic: Comp

Sunshine on Leith. Pic: Comp

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LOCAL drama group Captivate managed to bring some Leith Sunshine to the Spiegeltent despite the frequent showers on St Andrew Square this week.

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FAMOUS SPIEGELTENT, ST ANDREW SQUARE

And it’s testament to the young ensemble and creator Stephen Greenhorn, too, that despite the thick accents and local in-joke referencing, the cosmopolitan audience don’t feel alienated, either.

Indeed, they were with them all the way. A lot of that, though, is down to the story: two young squaddies - returning home to Leith after a stint in Afghanistan – trying to pick up their lives (and their women) again.

The large cast, it must be said, is as confident as a bunch of radges strutting down Easter Road after a Hibs win.

A bit more projection and a bit more volume would have been just barry, likes. And as for the light, jazzy interpretations of The Proclaimers’ music – well, in the hands of the live band, it makes the likes of Let’s Get Married and Letter To America sound remarkably fresh. The laughs come in all the right places, too.

Those expecting a full-scale big-budget retelling of the original musical might want to readjust their expectations.

That all said, the cool kids of Captivate can be proud of what they’ve achieved here.

Until Sunday