‘I believe in Angels’

This is one of the lines from one of the last songs in ‘Mamma Mia’. The Lady of the House and I went to see it last night. We had been given the tickets by Son and Daughter as a wedding anniversary present at the end of last year, and last night was the booked performance.

We went early to the Scottish SECC, as we do not like to be arriving late. Within 10 mins of the starting time about one third of the seats were un-occupied, but it then rapidly filled-up, and there was a full-house.

An original story uses the musical works of the two male ABBA members, and has been so well constructed that it is difficult to believe that the play did not come first with the words following on.

The musical content is of course superb, and mostly passes the ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ with flying colours. Some of the playing was VERY LOUD, so if you are of a nervous disposition, be prepared to be surprised by sudden noise! The choreography is exciting and keeps your attention, as there is always something going on at all corners of the stage.

The audience (even the groups of what-looked-like line-dancers) were well behaved but enjoyed it. The most astonishing thing was the age-range from relatively-young couples to grannies and grandpas. No cultural or musical divide here.

There was one small incident when someone taking a photo was escorted from the auditorium. Whilst I am sure it is not un-common, and there are warnings about use of cameras, can I make a suggestion. To many people the entry cost is quite high (and so is the programme at £6), and they might like to have a small momentum of the evening, via a photo. I appreciate the copyright problems, but surely it would be possible, during the final dance or curtain call, to allow the taking of a photo. If folk knew that the opportunity would arise to take one or two photos at the end it might stop the surruptitious attempts at flash-less photos.

Despite that, it was a wonderful evening with great music, well-played by the 7-piece orchestra.