Even true friendship can be a fickle thing

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“How did you get to be here?” is the question asked of Merrily We Roll Along’s leading man.

When asked of am dram group Glasgow Music Theatre — regulars at Eastwood Park Theatre — the answer is: a few show-stopping performances under the belt.

GMT’s latest show may have moved to the Scottish Youth Theatre, but the same rules apply.

The Stephen Sondheim show is a tale of three best friends who dream of changing the world — but end up drifting apart, as life inevitably gets in the way. The story spans 20 years, but is told in reverse, from the disintegration of close friendships right back to humble beginnings.

Founder member Gregor Duthie, originally from the southside, plays Charley Kringas. Commenting on how far the company has come, Gregor said: “It’s almost unrecognisable now. Our first production was rehearsed in my living room, with a cast of four people. Our last show at Eastwood Park had a cast of 32 and was our biggest show to date.”

Joining Gregor as the formerly friendly threesome are Colin Richardson and Hilary Paterson.

To ease the confusion of playing a show backwards, the cast are starting at the end and rehearsing their way back — but there’s no such easing in for audiences, who are hit again and again with new revelations about the characters they’re getting to know.

Hilary explained: “This is a show about friendship. Everyone who comes to see it will, at some point in their lives, have had a best friend.

Merrily We Roll Along follows these people over a 20 year period and no matter what stage of life you’re at, you will definitely be able to relate.”

The show is on at the Scottish Youth Theatre (Old Sheriff Court) May 6-10, and tickets are £15.60 (£12.60 conc) from www.glasgowmusictheatre.co.uk.