THE story of the deepest tan in Scottish politics is back in town, with a new — yet rather familiar — face taking to the stage.
I, Tommy — Ian Pattison’s take on the rise and fall of socialist Tom Sheridan — is on at the Pavilion this week, joined by former SSP MSP Rosie Kane (playing herself no less).
It’s a mix of comedy and drama from the Rab C Nesbitt writer, following Sheridan’s career as popular lefty politician and anti-poll tax crusader — and of course, the sex scandals and court cases which followed.
From Solidarity to swingers clubs, fame to infamy, it’s a story you couldn’t make up.
Ian Pattison commented: “The play is about how a powerful politician takes a fateful decision that wrecks his own and his party’s prospects.
“Tommy might have been a future first minister of Scotland. But he went from having the world at his feet to wearing an ankle tag. It’s quite a journey.”
On accepting the role of herself, politician turned stand-up Rosie added: “When Ian contacted me, it took me all of a few seconds to accept.
“The show is political satire at its very best; at times totally bonkers and hilarious, but there are some thought-provoking and sombre moments as well.
“My biggest concern is that Des McLean is so good at playing Mr Sheridan that I may forget where I am and throttle him live on stage!”
I, Tommy runs at the Pavilion September 17-21 - 7.30pm show. Tickets £20 (£18 concession) from 332 1846 or www.paviliontheatre.co.uk.