Paras Over The Barras

Date 20th May 2016
Society Airdrie Arts Guild Drama Group
Venue Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Airdrie
Type of Production Play
Director Ronnie Mackie

Report

Author: David Black

’Paras Over the Barras, The Second Wave’ is set in Glasgow’s East End near the famous ‘Barras’ during World War two, providing a heart warming, hilarious and nostalgic look back at the wit and spirit of city life during the dark days of the forties when the grit and humour of Glaswegians overcame all adversities during war time.  Eddie Gouther captured the true essence of the unattached Wullie McSorley delivering hilarious one liners often at the expense of the amorous Ina McLatchie ably played by May Wakely.  Morag Donald provided a suitably calming influence in holding family and local friendships together as Annie whilst helping her daughter Rita, cheekily played by Wendy Gallacher, plan and prepare her wedding to the ‘off the wall’ Rasputin Plunkett (Peter Paterson) whilst not forgetting her husband Sammy (Grant Johnston), a prisoner of war in foreign lands.  Bill McLoy was back in the saddle as the special constable adding to the comedy as Erchie McPherson with Patrick Rafferty as Hans the German paratrooper.  This was a most entertaining production which closed with the entire cast presenting a selection of well known Scottish songs ably accompanied by Kenny Finnie on the accordion, in what was a traditional Hogmanay party.