Tuesday 14 August 2012 | By Lia Sanders
ED2012 Theatre Review: I, Tommy (Red Aye Productions)
We join Tommy Sheridan and Alan McCombes for a “typically Scottish afternoon of treachery, back-biting and betrayal” or, in other words, a fictionalised version of Tommy’s rise to power and fall to ‘Celebrity Big Brother’. Des McLean plays Tommy as a half buffoon, half messiah-like figure, but the dark Glaswegian humour does not prevent more serious notes from being sounded, as we contemplate the missed opportunity that was Sheridan’s leadership of the SSP. While the audience of a certain age was chortling away, I plainly missed some of the references, and felt like I was attending the student play only to miss all the in-jokes. Perfectly conveys the insular and duplicitous nature of Scottish politics.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3-27 Aug (not 13), 3.15pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Lia Sanders]