Review: Sunshine on Leith at Ferneham Hall in Fareham

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Take a love story, combine it with the euphoric poetry of The Proclaimers songs and you have a surefire winner.

Under the direction of Matt Sackman, Sunshine On Leith is full of the joys and pains of life and lends itself wonderfully to South Downe Musical Society’s ambitious production.

The story revolves around two squaddies who are best pals adjusting to civilian life and falling in love after doing a tour of Afghanistan.

It’s a jaunty Scottish musical taking you from misery to happiness in minutes amid the tunes,

The quartet of young lovers are pleasing – with the girls emerging stronger, attacking the songs with an infectious verve, Kayleigh Millen is excellent.

But it’s the parents Rab and Jean that really add the colour – it’s their 30th wedding anniversary and Pa is hiding a whopper of a secret that threatens to destroy their wedded bliss,

Jane Pegler gives a touching portrayal as Jean that many women will identify with. You would need a heart of stone not to be moved.

And Alan Jenkins, normally seen in more comic roles, gives a gritty, emotional performance as Rab.

The footstomping, uplifting finale with I’m Gonna Be went down a treat judging by the 500-plus sunny miles of smiles of the audience.

On until tomorrow.