Mickey-tak­ing stu­dents pull out stops for top class show

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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.

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