Review: Dean Martin & Friends Christmas Special

Kingdom Theatre's Dean Martin Christmas Special (Pic: Ryan Buchanan)
Kingdom Theatre's Dean Martin Christmas Special (Pic: Ryan Buchanan)

Dean Martin & Friends Christmas Special

The space @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), 7.15 p.m.

The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in a corner of the Fringe - and even the stifling heat of the room can’t wilt the tinsel round the tree.

Dean Martin’s Christmas Special starts with backing singers dressed as Santa Claus wishing you ‘Merry Christmas’ as you take your seats, and there are Santa hats in the front row even although it was warm enough to roast your chestnuts without gathering round an open fire!

The show, presented by Fife’s Kingdom Theatre Company, recreates the old TV specials recorded by the king of the crooners.

He’s got his old buddy Frank Sinatra as his special guest, and the story unfolds both on stage and backstage - at the same time - as the show is recorded before a studio audience. That’s us ...

And it’s in the green room where the plot is fleshed out as Martin, played by Jamie Begg, seeks to tempt Sinatra (Paul Ellis) back on the road in a bid to recapture the old days. Amid the mutual joshing lies the sense of time passing ...

On stage they croon the classic Christmas numbers, off stage they neck a bottle of Jack and chat up dancers young enough to be their daughters.

And holding it all together is the floor manager, played by Jacqueline Hannan, who works round their egos and keeps everything running to schedule - she also interacts most with the audience, bidding us all farewell, prompting one person to ask where about in America she was from.

Dunfermline, came the answer ...

If you saw Sinatra: The Final Curtain last year then you’ll know what to expect from ‘Dean Martin’s Christmas Special’ - it’s great fun, and and it’s doing good business at the box office too.

Bring your own Santa hat and tinsel and join in the festive fun.

It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit!