Stick ‘em up: gangsters and cream pies come to Eastwood

One character gets 'creamed' in Bugsy Malone.
One character gets 'creamed' in Bugsy Malone.

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.

Some of the cast.

Some of the cast.

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 tickets@harlequinyouth.co.uk.