Lose your blues . . .

The cast of Footloose.
The cast of Footloose.

THERE’S a lot of noise coming from Eastwood Park Theatre this week – and it sounds like a blast from the past.

Theatre Guild Glasgow have returned to the Giffnock stage, bringing with them a toe-tapping dose of eighties fun.

The southside-based amateur group are staging Footloose, the classic coming-of-age tale turned smash hit musical.

For those who don’t know the story, it’s about life in the sleepy settlement of Bomont, disrupted by the arrival of city boy Ren who discovers that the town doesn’t dance – and who sets out to change all that.

The film is famous for launching Kevin Bacon into the limelight as well as Sarah Jessica Parker and John Lithgow.

Its story has been adapted for the stage by adding a wealth of eighties anthems, including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise and Let’s Hear It For the Boy — as well as, of course, the title track.

Footloose may have taken on Broadway and London’s west end, but Glasgow’s own production received a special message of support recently— from writer, Dean Pitchford.

The Oscar and Golden Globe winner contacted Theatre Guild Glasgow to say: “When I first read the newspaper item in 1979, about a little town in the state of Oklahoma that had lifted an 88 year ban on dancing, I felt that there was a story there.

“So I flew off to Elmore City, spent a week doing research and returned to Hollywood to write Footloose.

“I had no idea at the time that my trip to Oklahoma was just the start of a journey that would take me to Provo, Utah (where the film was made by Paramount Pictures), to New York city (where the stage musical ran for almost two years on Broadway), and beyond.

“Learning that Theatre Guild is bringing this story to Glasgow puts a big, fat smile on my face. The journey continues!

“As each of you plays your part in bringing the town of Bomont to life, I want to thank you for your hard work, your dedication and your spirit, and to wish you an amazing run of the show”.

n Footloose continues at Eastwood park theatre from tonight (Thursday) until Saturday. Performances 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee. Tickets £13.50-£15.50, available from 577 4970.