Miraculous by David F Ross, produced by Borderline and Ayr Gaiety

The Guardian 31 July 2020

The 1980s brought us one-hit wonders such as Nena, Falco and Men Without Hats. To that list, playwright David F Ross would like us to add the Miraculous Vespas and their chart topper It’s a Miracle, a reverb-saturated slice of indie pop with a jangliness that seems perfectly authentic.

As well it might, because it’s written by Robert Hodgens, who hit the charts as lead singer of the Bluebells with Young at Heart in 1984. His song is played in the middle of Miraculous, a 50-minute online play from Ayr Gaiety and Borderline. It signifies the missed opportunities of Grant Delgado (Colin McCredie), an also-ran songwriter who, 35 years on, has ended up as a painter and decorator. [READ MORE]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).