Singing and a supper

Edward Reid
Edward Reid

LIFE is well and truly a cabaret on the performing arts circuit these days.

The genre covers a wide scope, from spangled crooners to saucy burlesque — and its popularity is ever-increasing.

Song

Song

This year’s Fringe is awash with acts under the same banner — but doing it for over a year now is Insideout Productions at the Tron theatre.

A Song, a Sip and a Sandwich is a monthly afternoon of musical numbers, both good, old-fashioned and trendy pop, with July’s offering taking on a summer theme.

It’s accompanied, as the name suggests, by nibbles and a drink — but the main draw this month is singer Edward Reid, who found recent fame as a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent.

Involved since the show began, Edward is joined on stage by four other performers from stage and television, each tackling everything from Les Miserable to Jessie J, bringing a touch of Broadway to the Glasgow boards.

Song

Song

The show’s creator is 28-year-old southsider Paul Harper, and his ambition is to provide a London westend feel at the city centre venue.

The former St Ninians pupil, now living in Shawlands, told Live: “There’s nothing like it at all here, so we like to think of it as Glasgow’s off-Broadway show.

“It’s a total mix of songs and there’s plenty of banter in between, which makes for an intimate, quirky afternoon.

“And everyone comes in, gets their sandwiches and glass of wine, and by the end of the second act they’re all up dancing, which is really fun”.

On the subject of his newly-famous friend — the Coatbridge teacher who wowed the BGT judges with a series of nursery rhymes set to a Snow Patrol track — Paul commented: “Edward’s been on the show since it began, but recently it has been crazy. Everywhere we go people know him.

“Our show sells out every month anyway, but it’s good to have him on board — and it showcases the fact that he can sing anything from big musical theatre numbers to pop songs”.

And not content with just one location, the show is soon to appear at Eastwood park theatre as well — a welcome homecoming for Paul, who is keen to see familiar faces in the audience.

As with the sell-out performances at the Tron, the turnout (and sing-along) may be big — especially with a free tipple and piece involved.

A Song, a Sip and a Sandwich appears at the Tron on Sunday, July 10. Curtain up at 4pm, and tickets cost £12 from 552 4267.