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

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Growing up is always a confusing adventure, so the coming-of-age recounted in ‘And They Played Shang-a-Lang’ is bound to resonate with a lot of people. Set in 1970s Edinburgh, the play is full of the kind of nostalgia that will probably win the heart of anyone who was a teenager during this era. Luckily, the ‘70s cultural references are only occasionally obscure enough to bewilder the younger audience members, who are nevertheless spirited along with renditions of ‘Waterloo’ and ‘YMCA’ (and ‘Shang-a-Lang’, of course). However, it is also a bitter-sweet production, simultaneously celebrating the joy of life, as well as mourning its often untimely end. Watching this, you could as easily be crying with laughter as laughing through your tears.

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, until 25 Aug (not 12), 12.50pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Melissa Steel]