Casablanca tale comes to Falkirk

'Casablance: The Gin Joint Cut' will be at FTH on Saturday
'Casablance: The Gin Joint Cut' will be at FTH on Saturday

When Clare Waugh performs in ‘Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut’ she is playing a Hollywood icon as well as one of the best loved characters of all time.

The actress plays Ingrid Bergman as the character Ilsa in the loving homage to ‘Casablanca’, on at Falkirk Town Hall on Saturday (September 8).

The show, which premiered at Oran Mor in Glasgow in 2010 and has since enjoyed two sell out runs at the Edinburgh Festival, has attracted rave reviews.

Also starring ‘Still Game’ star Gavin Mitchell and Jimmy Chisholm, all the actors take on various parts in the fast paced production.

The Falkirk Herald caught up with Clare, who plays several roles in the three actor show in between winding down from the hectic festival and preparing for the UK tour.

She said: “When I first heard about the show from writer Morag Fullarton I was worried it might cause offence to the diehard ‘Casablanca’ fans out there - but they love it.

“It’s very respectful to the original film and follows the story - it’s along the edges the humour is found. I wouldn’t call it a spoof, more a homage to the movie.

“We all play the roles as the actors, so Gavin is impersonating Bogie as Rick and I’ve had to master Ingrid’s Swedish/European accent - it’s all very confusing but it makes for a great production.

“There are some lightning-fast changes as we all take on several roles - I also play Strata the head Gestapo and the entire Third Reich - and the show is really fast paced.”

‘Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut’ has more five star reviews than most Fringe shows could even dream of and the cast is now taking the production across the UK.

Clare continued: “It’s been so popular with audiences, we’ve even got some proper die hard fans who have been to multiple performances.

“Casablanca is just a great story, it’s got revenge, resistance and friendship as well as a strong love story and Morag has done a brilliant job at switching the script from humour to really emotive moments.

“It’s been a real pleasure to be involved from the very start.”

‘Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut’ starts at 8 p.m., tickets priced £12 (£10.50) available by calling (01324) 506850.