Old firm fireworks

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SECTARIANISM is back in the spotlight this week with the return of Singin’ I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim.

The perennial favourite has been drawing Scottish audiences in since it premiered at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe – and forget the usual theatre crowd, because this is the ultimate populist show with a wide and varied fanbase.

Des Dillon’s play focuses on the day of an old firm match, and hapless footie fans Billy and Tim (no prizes for subtlety here) are banged up in the same police cell.

So what happens when you throw a Rangers fan and a Celtic fan into the same space, and lock the door? Fireworks, apparently.

If you haven’t yet worked it out, it’s an exploration of the bigotry many Glaswegians are more than used to – but, no doubt to audience delight, it’s a serious subject matter dealt out with a dose of laughter.

Singin’ I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim runs at the SECC until Sunday (April 21) – and who knows? You might recognise someone you know. Tickets £20, from 0844 395 4000.