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Lee Hall made a wild and wistful play-cum-gig from Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos, about a gang of small-town Catholic schoolgirls on the lash in Edinburgh before a choir competition. The result was miraculous on many levels. Music arranger Martin Lowe offered a collision of sacred choral pieces with an embarrassment of ELO covers, all spectacularly handled by its hard-working cast. The six young actors not only made each of the girls’ characterisations ring true but also ensured believable bonds between them. What’s more, they created a sprawling array of supporting characters, each more vibrant than their number of lines might suggest. In its softer moments, Hall’s script never strayed into sentimentality, staying tender instead, even amid some of the most heroically foul-mouthed lines I heard all year.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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