Girl’s night out is a real sur­vivor se­ries

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Jonathan Ged­des

It started out as a one week show at the Tron Theatre.

Two years later girl’s night out show I Will Sur­vive is still go­ing strong - and head­ing for Ruther­glen Town Hall this Fri­day (Oc­to­ber 2).

The show is an all- singing and danc­ing tale of four friends on a night out try­ing to mend a bro­ken heart, with a retro sound­track pow­er­ing through pop hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

“I think that it’s a good night out and that a lot of peo­ple can re­late to the char­ac­ters that are in it, ”says Paul Harper-Swan, the di­rec­tor of the show.

“There are ei­ther four girls or three girls and a guy, when we’ve had some­one like Ed­ward Reid in the cast, but ev­ery­one can re­late to them or knows some­one like them.

“There’s a lot of com­edy but some poignant mo­ments in it as well.

“There’s ob­vi­ously been things like Sex and the City, which are re­ally pop­u­lar, and then the idea was re­ally just to com­bine it with a mu­si­cal.

“Then the four girls sat down and re­ally worked on it, so it was quite or­ganic.”

I Will Sur­vive’s suc­cess has come as a sur­prise to Paul, who’s also the artis­tic di­rec­tor at Insideout Pro­duc­tions.

“We’re bring­ing it back to Ruther­glen be­cause it did re­ally well there last time and we’re look­ing for­ward to do­ing that again.

“We were only want­ing to put it on for a week at the Tron, so it’s been sur­pris­ing how it’s done.

“It’s had such a great re­sponse and we’re al­ready look­ing for­ward to it tour­ing again next year and to do­ing a se­quel.

“When we’re putting the cast to­gether it re­ally needs to feel that it ac­tu­ally is four girls go­ing on a night out.

“I think au­di­ences want to go out, en­joy them­selves and hear some­thing live.”

Per­form­ing in the cast will be Donna Hazel­ton, from Chan­nel 4’s Mu­si­cal­ity and the West End pro­duc­tion of Chicago, Lau­ren El­lis-Steele, who’s ap­peared in Wicked, Ali­son Rona Cle­land (Legally Blonde) and emerg­ing ac­tress Natalie Tul­loch.

InsideOut will also soon be in East Kil­bride, for Best of Broad­way at the Vil­lage Theatre on Oc­to­ber 16.

Paul added: “It’ll be all the big Broad­way num­bers from Wicked and Les Mis­er­ables and shows like that.

“The tag line is that it’s the best of Broad­way, but with some ban­ter, so it’s quite in­ter­ac­tive - it’s not another bog­stan­dard mu­si­cal theatre show.

“It’s got some old stuff, some new stuff and then a lot of the up­beat ones like Grease and Priscilla.”

Tick­ets for I Will Sur­vive are on sale now, priced at £12.50/£11.50.

The show starts at 7.30pm.

I Will Sur­vive is set for Ruther­glen

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