First Look: The Broons

Sep 30 2016 | By More

DC Thomson’s comic strip hits the stage

The new stage production based on DC Thomson’s 80 year-old comic strip, The Broons, had its press night at Perth Concert Hall last night, 29 September 2016.

And in keeping with the cartoon’s capacity to bring on guests, press night featured none-other than Susan Boyle, dashing across stage in a one-off brief cameo appearance.

Susan Boyle makes a surprise cameo appearance on press night of The Broons. Pic @CarolPrest on Twitter.

Susan Boyle makes a surprise cameo appearance on press night of The Broons. Pic @HorsecrossPerth on Twitter.

Of course the heart of the show is Maw Broon, with Paw Broon in tow as she take care of her eight-strong family and old Grandpaw Broon.

We will review the show when it comes to The King’s on November 1. For the meantime, here are some production shots hot from the lens of the ever wonderful Tommy Ga-Ken Wan. And if you really can’t wait, you can read Thom Dibdin’s review in The Stage here:

Maw Broon (Joyce Falconer) and Paw Broon (Paul Riley) put the world to rights in The Broons, coming to the King's in November. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Maw Broon (Joyce Falconer) and Paw Broon (Paul Riley) put the world to rights in The Broons, coming to the King’s in November. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

While the rather cavernous venue of the Perth Concert Hall is more suited to big orchestras and highly orchestrated political rallies, it at least showed off Rob Drummond’s script to good effect.


Granpaw Broon (Kern Falconer) contemplates life, whisky and cabbages as The Twins (Kevin Lennon and Duncan Brown) prepare another escapade. Photo Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

There are a succession of strong performances from the 11-strong cast, too. All of whom act and play instruments in a show that is heavy on its musical offerings.


Hen (Tyler Colins) and Joe (John Kielty). Photo Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

If they can all sing more than adequately there is also a strong sense of physicality to their performances. Notably from lanky Tyler Colins as Hen.


Will Horace (Euan Bennet) take off into space? Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

With almost three hours to fill, there is plenty of room for all the different Broons to shine.


Jammy dodger… The Meenister (Kevin Lennon) Granpaw (Kern Falconer) and the Bairn (Maureen Carr). Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

There is also plenty of time for a succession of peripheral characters to make an appearance, from the Meenister to a host of aged relatives.

The production certainly captures the spirit and tone of the original. We are all looking forward to finding out what Broons aficionado  Hugh Simpson makes of it when it comes to the King’s.


DC Thomson’s The Broons
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ
Tuesday – Saturday 5 November 2016
Daily: 7.30pm; Matinees Wed 2 and Sat 5: 2.30pm.
Details and tickets from:

DC Thomson’s The Broons on tour:
Tue 27 Sept – Sat 1 Oct Perth
Concert Hall
01738 621031 Book online
Mon 3 – Wed 5 Oct Inverness
Eden Court Theatre
01463 234 234 Book online
Thurs 6 – Sat 8 Oct Kirkcaldy
Adam Smith Theatre
01592 583302 Book online
Thurs 13 – Sat 15 Oct Stirling
01786 466666 Book online
Tue 18 – Sat 22 Oct Aberdeen
His Majesty’s Theatre
01224 641122 Book online
Mon 24 – Wed 26 Oct Ayr
Gaiety Theatre
01292 288235 Book online
Thurs 27 – Sat 29 Oct Dundee
Gardyne Theatre
01382 434940 Book online
Tue 1 – Sat 5 Nov Edinburgh
Kings Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
Mon 7 – Sat 12 Nov Glasgow
Theatre Royal
0844 871 7647 Book online

Paw’s driving leaves a bit to be desired as the Broons set off to the But an’ Ben. Rear: Tyler Collins (Hen), Euan Bennet (Horace), Kim Allan (Maggie). Centre: Laura Szalecki (Daphne), John Kielty (Joe). Front: Paul Riley (Paw), Maureen Carr (Bairn), Joyce Falconer (Maw). Below: The Twins (Kevin Lennon and Duncan Brown). Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.



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