FAMILY MUSICAL Danny 306 8: Me (4 Ever)
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The List is not the sort of publication to advocate the abduction of children, but if 'borrowing' a nipper for the afternoon is what it takes to unself-consciously purchase a ticket for this delightful entertainment, so be it.
The scenario is simple: Stella, an octagenarian movie star revisits the sea side town of Cumdoon, and the hotel in which she was ‘discovered' by a Hollywood producer decades before. There, she recalls her youth, her friendship with bell boy Danny, and the gallery of good natured grotesques who make up the establishment’s staff. Through inspired use of song, dance and puppetry, the story of Stella's search for an identity and voice of her own unfolds. The gifted youngster’s main problem comes from an overbearing, oppressive mother, and it's not just her apron strings that need to be cut. Iona Carbarns, as usual, is
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excellent in the lead, but the entire cast are equally impressive. The contribution made by the three actors who bring the puppet of Danny to life (Ian Skewis, Joel Strachan and Louise Ironside) is vital since they it is who must imbue the character with a winning personality. The greatest compliment one can pay this remarkable trio is to say that despite
operating Danny in plain sight, they soon become invisible.
Callum Cuthbertson and Elaine Mackenzie Ellis provide rounded characterisations where lesser talents might have opted for simple comic relief, and Jack McGowan is similarly subtle at the piano. The whole merry band benefit from John Tiffany’s typically assured direction, Marisa Zanotti’s engaging choreography, and Nick Barnes Spellbinding designs. David Greig’s lyrics fluctuate between sly wit and perfectly judged pathos, all the while ideally matched by Tom Bancroft's music. Highlights include ’Baby You're just Grand' and the initially melancholy, ultimately uplifting, ‘She Can't Be Me.’
Go along and prepare to be captivated, and if anyone asks, tell them you’re taking your inner child. (Danny 306 represents the first fruit of the Traverse’s participation in the Sainsbury's Checkout Theatre initiative.) (Rob Fraser)
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Performances shown in brackets are free or reduced price previews.
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