Not long now until the summer panto, that great Glasgow tradition which some people say impresario David McLennan invented only last year to keep the players in his A Play, A Pie and A Pint theatre company from descending into idleness and lassitude.
Or getting a holiday as it's known.
Goldilocks and the Glasgow Fair last year offered a right good wallow in nostalgia with a trip doon the watter. This year Alice in Poundland brings Lewis Carroll's Wonderland fantasy to a modern-day Glasgow setting.
Advance publicity tells us: "Alice's mum is boracic and wandering the aisles of Poundland looking for summer treats. Alice reaches out to grasp a white rabbit keyring and before she knows it she is on the golden escalator to Plunderland, a parallel universe where everything costs £1m – but you don't have to pay if you are rich."
Dave Anderson, co-writer and man of many parts in the panto, says the script has not yet been written so all that may change. What we know is Alice does not fall down a rabbit hole but a pothole in Byres Road.
We also know that Anderson, while researching in Poundland, bought himself some garden paving stones that glow in the dark. "At only £1 how could you not?" he says. Another bargain which Anderson is having difficulty working into the storyline is the 91 metres of dental floss for a quid.
Most of Carroll's anthropomorphic creations – like the caterpillar smoking a hookah or the mouse giving a lecture on William the Conqueror – may not make the final cut. But a Glasgow hen has been introduced. Poundland does a fabulous range of artefacts for a hen night, after all.
The panto, pie, and pint productions are done on a shoestring (or in this case 91 metres of dental floss). Anderson says: "We thought of asking Poundland for sponsorship but it would only have been £1."
Tickets are selling fast for the three-week run which begins at Oran Mor on July 9, so Messrs McLennan and Anderson had better get a jildy on with the words. Luckily, they have found that Carroll's mix of surrealism and satire is a suitable basis for Glasgow panto.
Despondent fans of Rangers FC should note that the panto may contain jocular references to the Scottish institutions you can buy these days for just £1.
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