My Grandma and Grandpa have always talked about the pantomime (panto) shows in Scotland. They remember the interaction with the crowd, how one of the female leads is always a man or one of the male leads a woman and most of all how the shows give you a true sense of Scottish humour. David and I went to a local panto in Rutherglen Town Hall featuring Real Radio’s host Steve McKenna as the Jester in Sleeping Beauty. Luckily for us we had my cousin Susan and aunt Etta with us explaining most of the ‘inside jokes’ about some of the local towns. I’ve never seen a show like this before where every single kid was booing the wicked witch, laughing and helping out Chester the Jester and remaining engaged throughout the show. Check out the video below to see some of this interactivity from the crowd. If you’re near Glasgow and want to go you can get your tickets here.
Of course we had to have our snacks for the show. We picked up some sweets from Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe in Stirling earlier on in the day. This traditional candy shop had so many different items to choose from but we stuck with some Scottish classics recommended by Susan. This included: Soor Plooms, Aniseed Balls (do not recommend, tastes like licorice), Toffee Bonbons, Ediburgh Rock and Highland Toffee. David also found some Reese’s pieces here as well.
Later in the night David had his first taste of Irn-Bru. He had it straight from the glass bottle as legend has it it tastes even better this way. Another local treat we had was going to Tunnocks Bakery where we were staying in Uddingston. The shop is on the main street and just behind it is the factory. The factory has been family owned since 1890! The original specialties include caramel wafers, snowballs, caramel logs and teacakes. We stocked up a bit while we were here however I don’t know how long they will last. At least they are available to our family back in Canada after first being exported from Uddingston to Newfoundland, Canada, in 1957.