Reviewer: Mark O’Neill
Returning to the Fringe for the third consecutive year, Captivate Theatre’s Sunshine on Leithhas everything you would expect (and more) from this well-drilled company.
Opening with a punchy rendition of Sky Takes the Soul, the story tells of two Scottish soldiers back from serving in Afghanistan. Their return sparks a plot filled with emotion and humour entwined by the hits of The Proclaimers.
Davy (Liam Forrester) and Ally (Connor Burnett) in their principal roles are outstanding – their passion and commitmentshinethroughout. The relationships between each of the cast members are convincingly conveyed and they clearly enjoy what they do, this infectious joy transmitsitself to the audience. Accompanied by a faultless live band, the company of Sunshine on Leith are professional quality, Tommie Travers excels as Musical Director and the seven-piece band are West End worthy.
The use of The Famous Spiegeltent is impressive and allows for an intimate immersive experience – before, during and after the show. Although simple; the set, lights and atmosphere are well-judged.
This show is vibrant, bursting with energy and full of life. Sunshine on Leith is one show not to miss – you are guaranteed to leave the theatre feeling elated.
Runs until 29 August 2016