Reality bites

editorial image

PREFER your musicals with more bite? Then look no further than the Glasgow Music Theatre’s latest offering.

The amateur group have made a name for themselves in recent years with annual big production shows at Eastwood Park Theatre including Little Shop of Horrors (those who caught this one will no doubt remember the group’s talented singing plant), West Side Story and Fame.

Now, they’re taking to a city centre stage and tackling Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera — a scathing comedy about corruption, societal flaws and just who’s cheating who.

The unlikely hero is Mack the Knife, London’s most notorious criminal who plans to hang up his underworld hat and settling into the banking world with a new wife.

Unfotunately for him, his in-laws are scheming to have him hanged and collect the reward, posing the question – just who is the bigger crook?

Brecht’s show first opened in 1928, at Berlin’s Theatre am Schiffbauerdamm. By 1933, when he was forced to leave Germany, it had been translated into 18 languages and performed over 10,000 times across Europe.

It’s possible to suggest that GMT have modern day values on the brain with their latest choice, pinning our own world under the microscope, examining current levels of accountability for bankers and thieves.

But for 32-year-old Alan Digweed, assuming the role of Mack the Knife is all about being a player for a few nights.

Alan, a teacher by day, commented: “Over the course of the play you meet three of his ‘wives’, and those are just the ones you hear about”.

While worried about his own other half’s reaction to all the kissing scenes, he only hopes she’ll see the funny side of the show – and it does promise a few laughs.

Director Stewart Archibald added: “It deals with such interesting, current themes, but in a quick and accessible way.

“A lot of productions shy away from the comedy and satire to focus solely on the issues, but I definitely didn’t want to do that.

“We’re giving the audience the full package. I’ve never seen another version like it and I think we could have something pretty special in store. A wedding, a hanging, a musical saw and sock puppets with moustaches – where else in Glasgow are you going to find all of that?”

Quite – and no doubt worth a trip into the city centre to see.

n The show runs at The Space (34 Argyll Arcade Chambers) July 10-14, 7.30pm (plus a 2.30pm Sat matinee). Tickets cost £10.50 (£8.50 concession) from The Space Glasgow or 222 2333.