Published: 17/03/2014 10:02 - Updated: 17/03/2014 10:14

REVIEW: Singin' I'm No A Billy, He's A Tim

Singin’ I’m No A Billy, He’s A Tim

Empire Theatre

Eden Court

A LAUGH out loud piece of theatre — particularly so for those of an Old Firm disposition — this play is nearly years 10-years-old, though you would never know it.

it has been brought right up to date with some clever references including mention of Rangers current situation outwith the Premier League, as well as an utterance on Scottish independence and even the recent liturgical changes in mass responses, while mandatory mentions of current squad players such as Anthony Stokes and Jon Daly are par for the course.

Des Dillon’s play first gained international acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival and as a self proclaimed "reformed bigot" it is no surprise that it is full of heated exchanges that only a serious entrenched football fan could come up with.

It is set in a holding cell with both a Celtic and Rangers fan learning that much to their horror they are sharing the less than luxurious facilities on the day their two teams play each other in the cup.

It is peppered through-out with a variety of well known football songs from both Glasgow teams, as well as tribal chants and lots of bad language, so for those not fond of the odd expletive it is one to miss. But it does add to the impression that these two actors are extremely convincing Old Firm die hard fans.

Harry the prison warden also adds a sub-plot to the main story, which allows us to see the true human side of both football fans.

Ultimately though, it is a story of deep rooted sectarianism, which has blighted Scotland for centuries.

Perhaps most importantly of all, it seeks to poke fun at how ridiculous the situation is and points out that actually these football fans, despite not supporting the same team, have a lot more in common than they realise and are not the arch enemies they initially believed they were.


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