Nursery Crymes (4 stars)

Nursery Crymes

Niall Walker

Scary tales and larks hide in dark street corners

Being taken down a dark alley may not be everyone's way of getting kicks of a Saturday night, but this promenade piece around the Trongate is a cheeky, subversive piece of work that's hard to categorise. With creepy performances from Mischief La-Bas' Angie Dight, 85a's Dav Bernard, Junction 25 and Glas(s) Performance, Mischief La- Bas' promenade piece has a splendid pedigree.

Taking its cue from the twisted potency of Angela Carter's fairy-tales, and weaving traditional Scottish storytelling into the space, the audience is toyed with, kettled and sent in for questioning, from a sheepish-looking Bo Peep who may have something to do with the fresh rack of lamb behind her, some condescending polis, and odd figures who lurk in the shadows. There are bullet wounds on Humpty Dumpty, and a 'baby' is lying face down amid gin bottles. Everyone's a suspect. It's kind of an hallucinatory CSI Trumpton.

Wandering around the old music hall The Britannia Panopticon is always a treat, and Liz Aggiss' minxy vaudeville routine (taken from her brilliant Slap and Tickle) is shown on the screen, with Mele Broomes performing bawdy, exaggerated dance moves live with uninhibited glee. Fiona Robertson provides a short film and truly disturbing designs.

It culminates in some fairground attractions, where the crowd can attempt to smash capitalism, religion and the monarchy, one ball at a time; or pose like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Child Catcher. Mischief bring out the inner hooligan in everyone, while making the audience reconsider the city's streets, and Nursery Crymes is a gloriously macabre antidote to the predictable staging of so much twee Christmas fare.

Near Trongate Fri 24 & Sat 25 Nov, run finished.

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