Mother Goose Fae Easterhoose
- Rowena McIntosh
- 18 December 2019
Nuanced script and strong performances deliver a heart-felt Christmas message
At the opening of Platform's Christmas show, the Good Angel and Annunziata Weasel Bog debate whether anyone is completely good and incorruptible. The Good Angel thinks she knows someone who is: Mother Goose, who lives with her daughter Greta and Bruce the goose in a caravan on the fringes of Easterhouse.
Performed by a four-strong, all-female cast, this is a modern take on the tale with plenty of local references, from flying over the Seven Lochs woodland to late night shopping at The Fort. Daughter Greta is a well-read and curious kid, concerned with the environment rather than fairy tales, and what tempts Mother Goose is not lavish riches but a relatable desire to go beyond her means to provide a big Christmas for her family.
The dialogue is interspersed with regular bursts of song, a mix of covers and reworkings of pop tunes, including noughties hits 'Milkshake' by Kelis and Lady Gaga's 'Telephone', that both help advance the plot and, alongside occasional dance routines, keep the momentum going.
There's space to boo at Annunziata Weasel Bog's wicked plan and the cast dash through the audience sending youngsters into squeals of delight, but the nuanced take on the story keeps the audience captivated. Stepping away from the dichotomy of good and evil, Lewis Hetherington's script explores generations working together with honesty to secure a better future and the importance of love over excessive material goods. Ending on a touching rendition of Mariah Carey's festive hit, it is a testament to the actor's performances that the sentiment 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' sounds completely genuine.
Platform, Glasgow, until Mon 23 Dec.