Love can blossom at the Pantheon

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When amateur theatre player Paula Bird takes the stage in director Steve Mann’s new take on Jesus Christ Superstar at the King’s Theatre this coming Tuesday, her husband will be in the audience.

And why wouldn’t he be? His wife’s in the show. But, for Paula, there’s a stronger emotional bond with the show. It was in rehearsals for the first Pantheon JCS production in 2006 that she met her future husband.

The now 36-year-old mother of two, of Newton Mearns, recalls: “I had just returned to Glasgow after some time away and I didn’t really know anyone here, So, I joined the Pantheon as a way of making some new friends.”

Little did she know that in the orchestra pit was a musician who would become the father of her children.

“This show is so special to me, for obvious reasons. And my husband works with Scottish Opera now and won’t be in the pit so he’ll see the show from a new perspective.”

In the 2006 production, Paula played an apostle and dancer in King Herod’s court.

“I left for a few years and two children later I’ve returned to play Soul Girl.

“Pantheon is a lovely company to work with. And they’re all so talented. JCS is an emotionally-charged production with some very poignant moments, so don’t forget your Kleenex.”

Steve Mann’s production promises also some thrills and spills. He said: “Pantheon’s production of JCS explores both sides of Jesus, the man and saviour. I wanted to offer both sides to the audience to allow them to make their own minds up about him.

“It is going to be a visual spectacle which uses elements of physical theatre, dance, movement and circus as well as video screens and brilliant lighting to make Jesus’ final seven days come to life.

“It is going to be an amazing production; an emotional rollercoaster. The cast have been working so hard and they are the best cast I have every worked with. There are stunning acting and singing performances which will have the audiences enthralled.”

The show runs at the King’s November 18-22 (times vary). Tickets £10-£26 plus booking fee from www.atgtickets.com/shows/jesus-christ-superstar/kings-theatre.