That’ll Be the Day

That’ll Be the Day

Eager to see “That’ll Be the Day” at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow, I was not disappointed.

From the outset the talent and versatility of the performers are evident. The ensemble seamlessly transitions from singing, playing various instruments to delivering comedic sketches, all with remarkable professionalism and expressiveness. The performers ability to engage the audience is exceptional, and their performances are both energetic and heartfelt. The costumes are a visual delight, reflecting the fashion of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, and provides an additional layer of authenticity to the show.

The songs played offer a delightful nostalgic journey through some of the greatest hits from the 50s to the 80s. The audience’s enthusiastic response is a testament to the enduring popularity of these classics. Songs like “Tell Him”, and the closing song of the first half “Hey Jude”, are particularly memorable, with the latter bringing the evening to an emotional crescendo. The atmosphere in the theatre is electric, with the crowd singing along and applauding fervently after each number.

The comedic sketches are a hit with the audience, especially the “Andy & Pandy” segment, which features two performers in endearing, storybook-accurate costumes. While some of the humor is lost on me due to cultural differences, the laughter from the audience indicates the sketches are well-received. This experience highlights the nuances of cultural humor and the value of immersing oneself in local entertainment to better understand these subtleties.

It is worth noting that the majority of the audience were middle-aged and older adults, which reflects the deep cultural resonance that these decades of music have with those who lived through them. As a Chinese, I observed that the audience attending this show greatly differs the audience one would encounter China, where shows based on nostalgic themes tend to attract younger crowd. This difference may be attributed to the lack of a leisure culture among the middle-aged and elderly in China.

Experiencing “That’ll Be the Day” is a deeply enriching cultural experience. It not only entertaining but also offers a degree of insight into British pop culture and humour from the mid-20th century. The professionalism and enthusiasm of the performers left a lasting impression. This first-hand experience stimulated better understanding and appreciating of the country’s culture.

“That’ll Be the Day” is a must-see for anyone interested in a high-energy, nostalgic trip through some of the golden eras of music and comedy. Whether you are a longtime fan or new to the show, it promises an evening of superb entertainment.


At the Pavilion Theatre, 121 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 3AX

Director/Producer/Vocals: Trevor Payne

Vocals: Gary Anderson, Peter John Jackson, Nikki Renee Hechavarria, Gemma Nelson

Guitar/Drums/Vocals: Ollie Gray

Drums/Vocals: Mark Street

Bass/Guitar/Keys/Vocals: Jarred Loughlin

Percussion: Eduardo Neto

Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals: Seán McAusland

Running time: 3 hours plus interval