SPLURGE guns are cocked and ready for aim at Eastwood park this week, as East Renfrewshire’s own Harlequin Youth Theatre takes a step back in time.
The junior section (aged 9-13) are stepping into their gangster shoes and proving that they can sing and dance as well as any grown-ups for a fun-filled production of Bugsy Malone.
For those unfamiliar, it was originally a 1976 British film — a musical based loosely on mobsters from prohibition-era Chicago, but with the intriguing twist of using only child actors.
Of course, this lightened the subject and allowed the film a more family-friendly rating.
Whether the Harlequin youngsters will be throwing cream pies remains to be seen — but the stories and much-loved songs remain the same.
Tunes include the impressively tongue-twisting Fat Sam’s Grand Slam, Bad Guys and My Name is Tallulah — a role played in the original film by a teenage Jodie Foster.
This time, it’s the turn of seasoned Harlequin member Kathryn Watt (13), a second year pupil at Woodfarm high school as Tallulah.
Joining Kathryn on stage are Georgia Stephen as Blousey Brown and Cameron Angus as the lead, Bugsy.
n Show runs from Wednesday (May 24) until Saturday (May 26). 7.30pm performance, plus a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets £10-£12, available from 07593093028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.