Having Scottish ancestry and a deep love of that wild country, I arrived at The National Wine Centre not knowing exactly what to expect. What did happen was just over an hour of guffawing, tears rolling down my face!
Scotland! is hard to describe in terms of content. This is an hilarious, ridiculous ride through Scotland - its idiosyncrasies and history. These three incredibly talented boys – The Latebloomers - from Bristol in the UK are like nothing I have ever seen before. They perform with gusto and a clear love for what they do, at full pelt for just over an hour.
There are elements of physical comedy, clowning, sound effects and mime as well as body percussion and some beautifully harmonious singing to round it out. Their comic timing is impeccable, and they work with fluidity as an ensemble. The three clever performers are Oliver Nilsson, Sam Dugmore and Jonathan Tilley. The silliness of their on stage antics belies their training and experience as actors, clowns and comics.
There is a plethora of Scottish locations and activities - highlands, lakes, mountain climbing, fishing, a battle straight out of Braveheart and we are even drawn into a stag hunt, complete with an unsuspecting audience member as the stag.
There are minimal props and mainly non-verbal action and, ridiculously, these boys make it easy to believe a stool is a set of bagpipes. No trip to Scotland would also be complete without shortbread, whisky, and awful tartans!
The audience on opening night loved this show - they sang along, echoed when instructed, stomped, clapped and generally lapped up every idiotic moment.
Scotland! is a great piece of physical comedy and a not to be missed, laugh a minute, show! Take the high road to the Wine Centre and grab yourself a wee ticket!