Preview: Jan Tait and the Bear, CCA

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Emily Doolittle‘s comedic chamber opera is for all those ages eight and up, an endearing family tale of how Jan Tait, railing against greedy tax collectors and a snooty Norwegian king, learns the true spirit of co-operation and friendship- and there’s a lot of butter,too.

A medieval folk tale from Shetland, it blends the grotesque with the adorable, in the shape of a furry bear who melts the heart of the rebellious adventurer. Witty, beautiful songs performed by Ensemble Thing and some gross-out humour means it transcends easy categories. With wonderful performances by Alan McHugh, Catherine Backhouse and Brian McBride, directed by Stasi Schaeffer, it is one which will run and run- get there early and say you saw it first.

(Lorna Irvine)

CCA, Glasgow, 8th October at 1 pm

http://www.cca-glasgow.com

http://www.ensemblething.com

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