In a masterpiece of theatrical comedy, cult TV moves from the small screen to the giant arena, as Still Game Live packs out the 13,000-seater SSE Hydro. Unlike many of the Hydro’s usual artists, this isn’t just for one spectacular and memorable night, this is a remarkable 21-show run for Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill, who play the hilarious duo Jack and Victor.
The fictional suburb of Craiglang has its familiar surroundings recreated in this huge setting, with Jack’s living room, Navid’s store and of course, The Clansman bar, the location of some of the most memorable scenes from the TV series.
Our favourite characters are all back and on fantastic form, with the crowds cheering for one-legged Winston, ever-thrifty Tam, gossip-queen Isa and shopkeeper Navid. Boaby the barman keeps the laughter flowing throughout the show and we’re introduced to a new love interest for Craiglang’s much-taunted licensee. We’re also treated to special appearances from Navid’s wife Meena “the boot” (will we ever get to see her face) and Stevie the evil bookie. Surprise cameo’s sprinkle some extra hilarity into an already laugh-out-loud night, which thrills the eager crowds.
Director, Michael Hines, mixes modern technology with the unique Craiglang characters, as he bring audience participation to new levels in some brief but belly-achingly funny moments which have the Hydro audience learning the local dialect. Isa is back to her usual antics, sharing the business of everyone and anyone in her unique style, but as usual getting things a little muddled on the way – her observation of a Beyonce concert and the possibility of tight costumes creating “donkey-toe” for a woman, had tears rolling down my face!
The show winds through some truly funny scenes as the gang attempt to use new technology to deliver Jack’s speech to daughter Fiona across the seas in Canada – but a video call from The Clansman perhaps wasn’t the best idea, and the friends soon have one or two drinks too many. By the time Isa has managed to drink some magic-mushroom soup, a spectacular hallucinogenic Bollywood finale rounds off an amazing night.
Still Game Live is playing to over 200,000 people in its run at The Hydro, which ends on 10th October, but some tickets still remain. Check out Ticketmaster for your chance to catch this fantastic extension of the cult TV series to the stage. You’d be “oot yer bastard nut” to miss it.