And They Played Shang-a-Lang

The show is narrated by a theatre director who is reflecting on his school days in 1970’s Edinburgh. The theme of leaving childhood behind to make the sometimes difficult, often silly transition into adulthood is a good focus as it is something that we have all been through.

This brief interlude includes a funeral and full-cast performance of Bohemian Rhapsody which is beautifully staged and sung to perfection.

For those who lived through that time, the show is a wonderful jaunt down memory lane and the golden oldies sung throughout will no doubt be all too familiar to children of the 1970’s. Even though some of the references may go over younger audience member’s heads (carnation milk?! Scotland winning a football match?!) there’s plenty of stuff in there that anyone who made it through their teen years will recognise; from being bullied into spilling every detail of your (tedious) love life to all of your friends to the mammoth devastation experienced when that boy you like didn’t come to the party.

The play also touches upon darker subjects, particularly the first encounter with death. This brief interlude includes a funeral and full-cast performance of Bohemian Rhapsody which is beautifully staged and sung to perfection.

The cast are excellent and the typical school girls and boys that they portray, each with their own customised school uniform are instantly familiar, as are the frankly terrifying parents. The audience were tapping their toes and singing along throughout and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the slideshow of old photos of familiar Edinburgh scenes which played on a loop before the show began - a thoroughly enjoyable night out.

Reviews by Charlotte Mitchell

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Shang-a-Lang returns for a third year! This is what life was like growing up in 70s Edinburgh. Told through laughter, tears and music, we follow Jim's life as he negotiates the stormy waters of 70s adolescence. From school playground to school disco we witness his life through his eyes as it unfolds around him. Witness his first encounters with death and his stumbling dealings with the opposite sex. This production has it all! A strong young cast brings this story to life with a verve and energy that will leave you crying out for more.

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