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And They Played Shang-A-Lang (Craft Theatre Company / The Stand Comedy Club)

By | Published on Tuesday 27 August 2013

This exuberant journey back to the 70s begins with an unexpectedly heavy event; the death of the playwright. What follows is a riotous journey through his work detailing the family, friends and music that made up his adolescence. Be prepared for hilarious wigs, awkward school discos and possibly the most shambolic nativity play since the first century AD. Although much of the singing is deliberately awful, the cast have real musical talent, as shown in a touching funeral song (Queen, obviously). The humour may be farcical, but it raises plenty of laughs, and the play makes important points about accepting our own mortality. Recommended for those looking to relive the 70’s, or younger generations curious about their parent’s cringeworthy childhoods.

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, until 25 Aug (not 12), 12.50pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Isobel Steer]



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