Matthew Jameson Reviews Sunshine on Leith The Musical, Now on at West Yorkshire Playhouse
Sunshine is beaming down on Leeds in the fantastic feel good production of the award winning musical Sunshine on Leith at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The unmistakable sound of The Proclaimers flows through this heart-warming musical telling the story of two best friends returning from the armed forces to Leith and back into the heart of their community. Having been adapted into a successful feature film in 2013, the story has become timeless and resonates with us all in some way. Love, loss, hopes and dreams fill the narrative with something we can all relate with. Whether a long-lost secret or an idea for a happy ever after future, you are captivated by the complexity of the relationships and how they develop through the narrative.
Directed by the Playhouse’s own Artistic Director James Brining this is a fantastic show. James brings a sense of reality and nostalgia to the stage and having commissioned and directed the original production at the Dundee Rep in 2007 what better way to celebrate than reinvent. With an array of talented performers singing, dancing and playing musical instruments throughout imbedded in the action. Steven Miller and Paul-James Corrigan as best mates Davy and Ally fill the atmosphere with humour and delight, enchanting us with charm and whit. Davy the sensible unlucky in love rouge and Ally the homeboy who can’t wait to settle down with Liz (Neshla Caplan) Davy’s sister. How quickly things change as life often does, and with open eyes and hearts they move on and roll with the punches.
Unforgettable comedy moments throughout the whole performance with a complete strong cast bringing heart and soul to the much-loved music of The Proclaimers. Classic melodies including the iconic I’m Gunna Be (500 Miles) getting everyone standing on their feet. Make sure you get to see this triumph as believe me you’ll never have felt so good and uplifted, you’ll walk 500 miles anywhere!