Mickey-taking students pull out stops for top class show
AS ONE of the biggest earners of the Aberdeen Students’ Charities Campaign, the annual show is always a well crafted piece of work. Once again the dedicated students gave up their Easter holidays to rehearse religiously so that this year’s show would be a success. And for its 90th anniversary production, Sleepless In Seaton entertained the audience from beginning to end. The well-trodden tale of the likeable underdog, Davie Dee, who's lost the love of his life, more successful and ambitious Ruby Slaw, after taking her for granted was made fresh by the Doric twist and some great local gags. Everyone from Darren Mackie to First Bus got the Mickey taken out of them. With the help of his cheeky mate Ken Corth, Davie delves back into his previous relationships to see where he keeps going wrong. Teeming with contemporary local references that made the crowd howl, witty one-liners and an array of colourful characters, anyone involved should have been proud of this professional production. Broken up by localised song covers, featuring everything from Queen to Take That numbers, the singing was good overall and the complicated dance routines were pulled off flawlessly. Where a lot of am-dram fails, this piece never lost the crowd for a second. And along with the fantastic performances from leads Steven Reid, Steve Dale, Kirsty Kilmurry and Sophie Hamilton, this comedy's success was down to the sharp writing of Stuart Dallas King and slick direction of Ryan Peacock. Without spoiling the ending – as it’s on until Saturday – this heart-warming, well put-together piece will be hard to top next year.