Michelle brings in­ti­mate one-woman show to EK

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - An­drea O’Neill

Fans of singing sen­sa­tion Michelle McManus will get the chance to see an ex­clu­sive preview of her one-woman Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val show ‘Reloaded’ in East Kil­bride this Fri­day.

The laugh-a-minute act at East Kil­bride Arts Cen­tre, on Satur­day, July 18, will be an up­front take on life since win­ning Pop Idol and will in­clude some of her all-time favourite songs.

With ma­te­rial from Shirley Bassey to Era­sure, this evening of en­ter­tain­ment is set to have ev­ery­one singing along and laugh­ing with Michelle, as she re­counts some of the hu­mor­ous ups and downs of her life as a TV re­al­ity show win­ner – from par­ty­ing with Bono to singing for the Pope.

The show, co-writ­ten by comic Bruce Devlin, saw Michelle fol­low in the gal­lus Glesga foot­steps of Elaine C Smith and Dorothy Paul with a one-woman per­for­mance at the city’s King’s Theatre.

Coat­bridge girl Michelle told The Ticket La­nark­shire: “I’m de­lighted to be pre­view­ing my brand new Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val show in East Kil­bride.

“Af­ter the mas­sive suc­cess of Michelle McManus Reloaded at the Kings Theatre in March I de­cide to con­dense the show into a 50-minute Fringe per­for­mance.

“I needed some­where to de­but it be­fore head­ing off to Ed­in­burgh in Au­gust and I knew the Arts Cen­tre in East Kil­bride would be the per­fect choice.”

The tal­ented singer-song­writer, ac­tress, colum­nist, ra­dio DJ and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter re­vealed she has also de­cided to per­form a live set of never be­fore per­formed tracks from the de­but al­bum that took her to No1, The Mean­ing of Love.

Michelle re­leased two sin­gles ‘All This Time’ and ‘The Mean­ing of Love’ along with the re­lease of the 2004 al­bum.

“I never toured this al­bum so it’s in­cred­i­ble that af­ter 12 years I’m fi­nally get­ting to sing these songs to a live au­di­ence”, said Michelle.

“It’s set to be a fan­tas­tic night with lots of laughs and maybe even a few tears too. I’ve re­worked the show for this year’s Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val so you have an ex­clu­sive chance to see it first be­fore it hits the Fringe in Au­gust.

“For the sec­ond half of our evening in East Kil­bride I’ve de­cided to do a col­lec­tion of songs from my Mean­ing of Love al­bum and, of course, mem­o­rable hits from Pop Idol and maybe even a wee Q&A too. “It’s a real one-off in­ti­mate night.”

Tick­ets cost £12/£10.

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