Folllowing on from its fantastic tour in 2010, Sunshine On Leith is set to return to His Majesty’s.
Featuring classic songs from popular Scottish band The Proclaimers, Sunshine On Leith follows the story of Ally and his friend Davy as they return home from the Army.
The show sees them being confronted with civilian life, relationships, blind dates and other commitments.
As these characters slowly rediscover their sense of identity, they start to question what home really means to them.
Director James Brining thinks the musical, which also puts spotlight on Scottish history and political unrest, is more relevant than ever.
He said: “As the UK questions whether it is still one country and what ‘Britain’ means in the 21st Century, this show questions if your roots and your home really define you.
“With the beautiful, barnstorming, popular songs of The Proclaimers as its soundtrack, the show never fails to ignite big and powerful emotions from its audience.”
Steven Miller, who portrays Davy, said that to an extent, he has some things in common with the character he plays.
He said he fully understands how Davy feels when he gets home after being far away for a long period of time.
The actor said: “I have been living in London for 18 years and I left when I was 19, so I have almost been there for longer that I have not been there if you know what I mean.”
Steven said that it always feels right to go home even though everything is different and changed.
He added: “So I guess there is that sort of feeling and connection to the character.
“Ultimately, it is home. I think that the question is ‘What is home to you?’.”
Steven suggested that home means different things to different people.
He said: “For me, personally, the idea of home is Scotland because that is where I was born, that is where I grew up.
“There is that idea of home as the place where I lay my head at night, which ultimately is a flat in London. “But there is also the idea of home which is wherever my partner is.
“So there are many different ideas of home!”
If he was asked to summarise the show in three words, Steven would say it is all about “love, family and change”.
Even though Steven was well aware of The Proclaimers before he was cast to play Davy, he was surprised how many tunes he recognised.
Steven, whose favourite song to perform is Letter from America, suggested that the show is very detailed.
He said: “The musical supervisor of the show has done, I think, a spectacular job of taking some raw energy and heart of The Proclaimers music and bringing it to the stage.
“It is expanded in different ways to encapsulate different things.
“It is beautiful.”
Steven is certain attendees do not have to be The Proclaimers’ fans to enjoy the wonderful musical.
He said: “It is a story about relationships, love and meaning of life.
“Each number feels like a part of that journey.”
The Proclaimers’ singer Charlie Reid said that while their songs were never written with theatre in mind, “some of them do seem to have strong themes which lend themselves to a play”.
Theatre and musical lovers can see Sunshine On Leith next Tuesday to Saturday at His Majesty’s. Performance times vary.
Source : EveningExpress