Theatre group to stage Scottish premiere

Last year's production of The Drowsy Chaperone proved a success for Runway.
Last year's production of The Drowsy Chaperone proved a success for Runway.

A SOUTHSIDE theatre company will be the first Scottish amateur dramatics group to perform a hit west end musical on their own turf.

Runway theatre company, based in Eastwood, recently applied for a licence to perform the Andrew Lloyd Webber production Whistle Down the Wind.

Director Robert Fyfe told The Extra: “Runway has only recently moved into the world of musical theatre, and presented the Scottish premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone last year.

“This proved a great success, and our members and audiences have been asking what we’re going to do next.

“When applications were invited to perform Whistle Down the Wind, we never expected to be selected – let alone be given the honour of presenting the Scottish premiere”.

The southside group will stage the amateur premiere at the Mitchell theatre in September – and they’re keen for other members of the community to be involved.

Open auditions will be held on April 15, at 2pm in Clincarthill Church, on the corner of Cathcart and Battlefield Roads.

Robert continued: “We’re hoping for a good turn out, and I would encourage anyone interested – adults and children – to come along.

“We need strong male and female singers aged 16 and over, and there a lot of principal parts, especially for the guys”.

The show, based on the 1962 film of the same name, tells the story of three children who find an escaped convict hiding in their barn, and mistake the stranger for Jesus Christ.

The musical, set at Christmas time, features rock and ballad numbers, as well as the song No Matter What – also a number one hit for Boyzone.

For more information on the audition process, or on tickets for the September show, visit www.runwaytheatre.co.uk.