Essentially, the narrative of this Proclaimers jukebox musical is just a stretched-out soap episode. The dialogue’s sparse (writer Stephen Greenhorn has deftly adapted his own stage production), but that’s all the better for putting the songs to the fore. They’re simple but soulful and require no previous knowledge to enjoy, with even the least well-known lodging in your brain like you've always known the refrains.
The arrangements – courtesy of Paul Englishby – make the most of The Proclaimers’ harmonies, adding in third and fourth parts to really make things sing.
But it’s the direction that’s essential here. Aged nine, Dexter Fletcher began his career under movie-musical maestro Alan Parker, as Baby Face in Bugsy Malone, and in this follow-up to feature debut Wild Bill he puts that summer of splurge guns to great effect.