The Pie-Eyed Piper of Hamilton – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2015PIEEYED_ADJThe Pie-Eyed Piper of Hamilton continues at Assembly George Square until 30 August.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★

This is one for the natives – or at least those who THINK they know Scotland!! Penned by Dave Anderson, this summer pantomime storyline is bang up-to-date and bursting with catchy tunes and snappy, witty dialogue.

The first number ‘Five More Years’ is led by a gallus blond Boris-like cartoon, brought to life by the cheeky Jimmy Chisholm. The Mayor of City State is seeking a suitor for his daughter, ‘The Princess of Hearts’, damed to the max by Paul James Corrigan.

The rise of the number of rats is cause for concern: “They’ve colonised the city like a bunch of ex-pats/ You’ve got rats.” The Mayor’s side-kick, Cyril, has heard tale of a skilful rat charmer – far, far away in Hamil…ton. The hilarity increases as the plot unravels with the hungover piper eventually calling the tune. The cast is completed by Annie Grace and Kirstin McLean – both more than holding their own and somehow making a cast of four seem at least like a dozen.

In style and content, the show reminds me of the agit-prop political satire we loved in companies like Wildcat and 7:84. Given the shenanigans in recent politics, some would say this show has practically written itself.  The sending up of the capitalist state is done with bite and wit – and a finale back in City State that is a sheer delight.

Great, traditional Scottish panto style with original music and the rousing traditional singalong for the audience – a grand hour of top Scottish talent letting rip. Bear in mind – this IS a show for adults!

Fiona Orr

Òran Mór in association with Ayr Gaiety


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