I have to fess up that I am usually not a huge fan of comedy shows. I find forced laughing a little bit awkward, but after seeing Yer Granny at The Lyric, I am now a convert.
The granny is performed by Gregor Fisher (Rab C Nesbitt), who to be fair doesn’t actually have too many lines, but is very much the central character and does make a very convincing woman! She’s already managed to eat the family fish and chip shop into bankruptcy and now she’s working her way through their kitchen cupboards, pushing her family to desperate measures just to survive beyond 1977.
The other members of the cast (Paul Riley, Jonathan Watson, Maureen Beattie, Barbara Rafferty, Brian Pettifer and Louise McCarthy) are simply brilliant and their mix of one liners, comedic timing and old fashion slapstick will actually give you some serious belly laughs. The packed out audience in The Lyric clearly felt the same as there was a constant buzz throughout the show and genuine smiley faces.
Without giving too much of the storyline away, the head of the family, Cammy is determined that The Minerva Fish Bar will rise again and that family honour will be restored – and all in time for the Queen’s upcoming Jubilee visit. But before Cammy’s dream can come true, the other family members must ask themselves how far they will go to solve a problem like Yer Granny.
Ok there is a slightly darker side to the plot and I’ve read the other reviews about how the plot highlights the state of the human condition etc…. but my feelings are very simple. If you want to a really good laugh and enjoy some excellent acting then Yer Granny is for you. It runs until tomorrow night (Saturday 27) so scrap your weekend plans and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Book tickets for Yer Granny here…. www.lyrictheatre.co.uk/whats-on/specific/on-stage/yer-granny
By Grainne McGarvey