Walk like an Egyptian

Christina Leon as Aida with Johnny Collins who plays Radames.
Christina Leon as Aida with Johnny Collins who plays Radames.

IT’S a special anniversary for Theatre South Productions as it celebrates 20 years of putting on top performances.

And the group is putting on a special first with a production of Disney’s musical Aida for its 26th show.

It’s a contemporary take on Verdi’s classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier.

It will be the first time that Aida has been performed in the Scottish west coast and TSP is confident it can set the bar high for such an important début.

But it’s a production that has thrown up certain challenges, given the wide variety of skills within the cast.

Director Gerry McLaughlin explained: “Once again working with Theatre South Productions has been an absolute delight.

“The club always impress the production team with their talent, but such was the depth and variety of skill on display that for the first time ever we took the decision to double-cast the female principles.

“Each leading lady brings a completely different take on their individual characters.

“It’s really like seeing two different productions.

“So, really, theatre-lovers should come and see the show twice!”

Leading man Johnny Collins, who plays the Egyptian captain Radames, said: “I think everyone should catch this west of Scotland première as Aida is one of the best things to come out of Broadway.

“This isn’t some dusty, old score people have heard a million times — this is some of Elton John’s finest work and is going to be absolutely brand new for the majority of people”.

Johnny is no stranger to Disney stage shows as just four months ago he played the Beast in Pantheon’s Beauty and the Beast at the King’s Theatre.

He said: “The story — and music — is at once romantic, tragic, exciting, dramatic and ultimately proves that love can overcome all adversity and transcend everything.

“This is a modern musical at its best and TSP has raised the bar once again”.

Model and silversmith Christina Leon takes up the eponymous, leading role. Christina said: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think while dancing and singing along to my Elton John’s Greatest Hits VHS, aged 7, that I would be starring in a show filled with his amazing music.

“The show is just bursting at the seems with great numbers that no one knows because the show is so new to Scotland”.

Aida is at the Eastwood Park Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday (with a Saturday matinee at 4pm).

Show Dates Tuesday 6th – Saturday, March 10 at Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

Show Times Tuesday – Friday 7.30pm Saturday 4pm and 8pm

For tickets:

Call: 07511 343 971 E-mail: tsptickets@hotmail.co.uk Visit the theatre box office. Contact any club member.

Costing £12 to £15.

Buy five tickets and receive one free.