In good company

GLASGOW gets a taste of the bright lights of Broadway this week, thanks to a production of the Stephen Sondheim hit, Company.

It’s the latest show from the southside-based InsideOut Productions, run by Giffnock-born Paul Harper-Swan.

The former St Ninian’s pupil is responsible for a number of successful shows in recent years, including the regular A Song, a Sip and a Sandwich nights and a run of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, both at the Tron.

Paul created the production company to inject a sense of London’s westend into Glasgow’s arts scene, focusing on lighthearted, fun shows showcasing homegrown talent — in fact, one of its biggest performers is the Britain’s Got Talent star Edward Reid, who makes regular appearances.

Now, the artistic director is swapping the southside for the westend, staging Company in the atmospheric setting of the Cottier theatre.

Paul told Live!: “This is such an honour, to bring the revival of Company to a Glasgow audience.

“We have the perfect cast for the show and I can’t wait to get into rehearsals and put the show on its feet”.

He continued: “It tells the story of Robert, who’s turning 35, and the relationship he has with his married friends and girlfriends. It’s a funny script with some heart-wrenching moments — and the music is just first class”.

Heading the cast is InsideOut regular Pamela Byrne – of River City fame — who added that she was “thrilled”, and “looking forward to a good sing after months of filming”.

Joining Pamela on stage is a wealth of Scottish talent, including Gregor Firth in the lead role.

Southsider Paul hopes that this small taste of Broadway will tempt his neighbours across the river for a night — and with a popular cast and critically-acclaimed script, you’ll certainly be in good company.

n Company runs at Cottier’s (Highburgh Road) from Tuesday until Saturday (May 5). Performance at 7.30pm (with a 2.30pm matinee on Sat). Tickets £12 (£10 concession) from 357 4000.