Doggone good show

Hairy Maclary
Hairy Maclary

COMING up this month at Cumbernauld Theatre is an adaptation of the popular Hairy Maclary books for children.

Nonsense Room first performed Hairy Maclary and Friends, their live action adaptation of the books by Lynley Dodd, in 2010 with a sellout run at the Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a 2011 tour that saw the show invited to Syndey Opera House, and the company has sustained this momentum with a six-month 2012 tour of the UK and Ireland which stops off in Cumbernauld on June 23.

Featuring such loveable characters as Hercules Morse, as big as a horse; Bottomley Potts, covered in spots; Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town, the show features lots of live music and singing while staying faithful to the Hairy Maclary books

Lynley Dodd, from New Zealand, has won worldwide acclaim for her children’s books. Her stories are known for their lively sound when read aloud, their curious animal characters, and memorable illustrations. Dodd has received numerous awards for writing and illustration and in 2002 was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to children’s literature.

Nonsense Room Productions was founded in 2002 by Bruce Strachan and Simon Beattie, both alumni of the Royal Scottish Academy for Music and Drama in Glasgow. Past productions include The Ballad of James II by Douglas Maxwell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and The Apprentice, and also Handling Bach by Paul Barz which was performed at Rosslyn Chapel.

The show is at Cumbernauld Theatre on Saturday, June 23, with performances beginning 2.30pm and 4:30pm. Tickets, priced £7/6 concession, can be bought from the Box Office on 01236 732887. You can also purchase tickets online from the theatre website at www.cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk.