As the cold winter nights draw in across Perthshire, the sun still shines on Pitlochry’s Festival Theatre in their glowing production of Sunshine on Leith.
There might not be sleigh bells and Christmas jumpers on show but there’s plenty of festive spirit in this winter revival to Elizabeth Newman’s smash hit of the summer.
When Davy (Robbie Scott) and Ally (Finlay Bain) return from war to their home in Leith, they face the complexities of settling back into civilian life and the romantic ties that greet them.
The music of The Proclaimers is a strong base to start from and Stephen Greenhorn’s story provides a surprising depth that bucks the trend for other jukebox musicals.
A fantastic cast of actor-musicians bring this story to life. It’s a rare treat for audiences to have every note played in full sight with such gusto.
Robbie Scott’s cheeky chappie Davy is the perfect positive pairing to his brother in arms Ally, struggling to adapt to civilian life.
The pair steer the drama effortlessly, slowing foe tender moments where love blossoms and ramping up during drink-fuelled sessions where it’s all laughs.
Alyson Orr’s long-suffering Jean steals audience’s hearts with a heartfelt performance and show-stealing rendition of the titular song.
Set against Adrian Rees’ simply stunning Edinburgh skyline, this tartan-clad tale is the feel-good tonic for the winter blues with laughs and heart to thaw even the frostiest of hearts.
Underlying political narratives, a health service under pressure and the complex nature of love and families makes the whole tale very much of the present time.
If it’s an alternative to the pantomime you’re looking for, look no further than Pitlochry’s twinkly festive treat.