The Half Moon Shania (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Red and Boiling

Rock and roll and female ambitions

The G-Strings – driven by the ambition to be the band that inspires a generation of girls, an enthusiasm for drug dealing and the pressure of parents insisting that this is really the last chance before the bassist must go to college – are a female punk trio hoping that tonight, the record company will offer the contract of their dreams. Touching on teenage fantasies, the vicious sexism of the music scene and industry, the morality of ketamine and the frustration that lies behind the creation of art, The Half Moon Shania is more charming than kick-ass, despite a story that gets darker and a barrage of live punk.

The ensemble doesn't quite convince as punks: they can't resist revealing their beautiful singing voices in three-part harmonies, and their attitudes are a mixture of naivety and passion. The lack of anger gives them away (and whether Shania Twain is really the musician that a punk band would admire in 1999). And the weighty themes never resolve into a cohesive structure, hinting at depth but never quite following through. Between jokes about pissed pants and sinister record company men, a mistaken identity and the inevitable band squabbles, Half Moon promises more than it delivers, but the infectious energy of the cast, the roving bass lines that recall The Pixies, the unashamed celebration of music's power and the eclectic amalgamation of styles and ideas suggest that this is a company exploring some intriguing possibilities.

Zoo Southside, until 27 Aug, 12.40pm, £10 (£9).

The Half Moon Shania

  • 3 stars

Burnt Lemon Theatre The Half Moon Pub, the punk pit stop of 1999. Ketamine Kerry leads her girls on the pub tour of their twenties. 15 pubs down, 150 pints downed (each!). It's been a blast so far, but it's getting too much – the wandering eyes that trickle down girls' thighs, the hands that brush by, too close for…