Preview: And They Played Shang-A-Lang

LIFE as a kid growing up in the Edinburgh of the 70s lies at the heart of Derek Douglas’ hilarious comedy And They Played Shang-A-Lang, which comes to Easter Road Stadium for one night only on Tuesday.
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And They Played Shangalang. Picture: Comp

Originally written by Douglas as a play for students of The Scottish Theatre and Music School to perform, the laugh-out-loud comedy premiered in the Capital in 2002 and has since been performed by more than 300 actors across the UK.

It tells the heart-warming coming-of-age story of a boy growing up in 1970s Edinburgh.

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Over the course of an hour and a half, the narrator transports audiences through his memories of adolescent life, his first stumbling dealings with the opposite sex, first school disco and typical teenage interactions with his parents.

The piece comes full circle with his first encounter with the death of a loved one.

Full of fun, laughter and tears, And They Played Shang-A-Lang, which is due to be released on DVD by Alba Home Vision later this year, is interspersed with a liberal smattering of smash hits of the era, including tracks from The Bay City Rollers, Queen, Abba and The Village People.

And They Played Shang-A-Lang, Easter Road Stadium, 7.30pm, £7, tickets are available from the Stadium Club Shop, and can also be bought on the door on the night, 0131-656 7078