Review: Bawbees and Ducats, St Serf's Church Hall, Ferry Road

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Bawbees and Ducats *** St Serf's Church Hall, Ferry Road

BUNDLES of laughs, a clutch of mistaken identities and a homely conclusion add up to a cracking production of Bawbees and Ducats from Leitheatre.

This is pure couthie Scots drama territory, with a script by Alan Richardson which plays comfortably to the home crowd. It knows it too, as the second act harks back to Commedia Dell'Arte, where stock characters performed variations on the same script.

Martin Dick's put-upon servant, Tam, whisks the play back to 17th-century Venice where he and his penniless master (David McBeath) are on the run from their creditors. Poor old Tam has the "twa maisters", having to work for innkeeper Lucietta (Fiona Robertson) until they can pay the rent.

The three create a strong backbone. Dick keeps everything moving while the amorous intentions of McBeath's Scottish laird and Robertson's Italian innkeeper give a continuity.

There are plenty of twists and set pieces, with the arrival of a series of travellers of various repute. Among them, Constance Clark and Vanda de Luca are particularly enjoyable as English rose Ophelia and her Scottish servant Kate.

The whole does need attention to the details of pace, otherwise it is a solidly entertaining evening.

&#149 Run ends August 20