Sleeping Beauty (3 stars)

Oran mor lunchtime Christmas show for adults a bit of a dog’s dinner, but plenty of fun

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Sleeping Beauty

Penned by panto veterans David MacLennan and Dave Anderson, Oran Mor’s 2010 lunchtime Christmas show for adults is another ‘alternative’ affair, wringing its topical laughs this time out of austerity Britain.

The popular tale of the pretty princess pricked – or make that ‘savagely cut’ – by the spinning wheel of a wicked wench (Juliet Cadzow’s Bad Fairy of the Soo’Side) inexplicably collides with The Wizard of Oz in a two-for-one. Dorothy arrives as the naïve, toy dog clutching damsel in distress, before strangely transforming into a horny minx ‘gantin’ for a grope’ from the sparkling Sandy Nelson’s Commoner Formerly Known as Prince.

It’s a bit of a dog’s dinner, but plenty of fun. Recruiting the titular napping noblewoman from the crowd is a nice budget-saving trick. It’s audience participation a go-go at the climax as Nelson ventures forth unfussily in search of smooch, then Anderson as the court jester leads the throng – good lefty that he is – in a rousing chorus of ‘we’ll all fight the cuts’.

Oran Mor, Glasgow, until Sat 18 Dec

A Play, a Pie & a Pint: Sleeping Beauty

  • 3 stars

The usual lunchtime theatre slot at Oran Mor gets a festive twist. Ticket price includes a pie and drink.

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