Musical duo are taking Edinburgh by storm

Bearsden pals: Alison and Pamela.
Bearsden pals: Alison and Pamela.

Two local women performing in a musical about Elvis Presley at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have discovered they are both from Bearsden.

Pamela Wernham and Alison Tennant, both London based, only found out that they grew up in the same town when they got chatting during rehearsals for the play called, ‘There’s a Guy Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis’.

It’s written by Jennifer Selway and directed by John Plews, with Jos Slovick as musical director and features live classic hits of the sixties and eighties including It’s My Party, All I Have to do is Dream, Blue Suede Shoes, Hold On Tight as well as the title track There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis.

Pamela, who attended Boclair Academy in Bearsden and Alison who went to The High School of Glasgow, discovered that they’d even attended the same ballet school in Bearsden Cross with Mary Darke.

The play, set in Kilmarnock, tells the story of Elvis Presley’s only visit to the UK on March 3 in 1960 to Prestwick, Scotland.

The news of his arrival sends teenagers in the area into a spin as they plan meeting their idol in the flesh.

Pamela, who studied Musical Theatre at The MTA in London is playing the part of Jeannie whilst Alison who studied Acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama plays her close friend Lizzie.

Pamela said: “It’s certainly a bit of a coincidence that we both come from Bearsden and we now find ourselves in this musical together years later.

“It’s been great fun so far and the show seems to be popular with audiences.

“We’ve had some great feedback since we opened on August 5 but with the so many other shows at the Fringe Festival, it’s important to keep drumming up as much interest as you can!”

The cast also includes Hannah Howie, a graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scott McFarlan, Adam Scott Pringle a recent LSMT graduate, Roger Rowley who has spent the last two years touring and playing the title role in Buddy, Jos Slovick who was in the original casts of Spring Awakening & Once and Sarah Moss who recently appeared in the Old Vic’s touring production of Noises Off.

The show is on at Momentum Playhouse @ St Stephen’s (Venue 166) 6.45pm each night.

Call the box office on 0131 516 2880 to book your tickets befor they sell out!