Mike and Philip do a job on the Italians

Italia 'n' Caledonia is at the Eastgate Theatre this Saturday
Italia 'n' Caledonia is at the Eastgate Theatre this Saturday

SCOTLAND’S Italian community of around 100,000 are the subject of Mike Maran and Philip Contini’s humourous stories and songs at the Eastgate Theatre on Saturday.

The pair, who will head to the Edinburgh Fringe with the show next month, chronicle the history of Italian nationals and those descended from the ‘Beautiful Country’.

They look at their struggles during World War II and the healing of the years that followed through to the present, where Italian Scots make a special contribution to Caledonian culture.

Mike Maran was originally a rock star in the 1970s, opening shows for Uriah Heep, The Electric Light Orchestra, Wizard, Medicine Head, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and Steeleye Span. Today, his feet are planted firmly in the theatre to which he brings a wealth of musical experience.

His productions of Private Angelo and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – sold out in many of the theatres it visited – have attracted widespread critical acclaim and huge audiences. Tickets for Italia ’n’ Caledonia are priced at £13 and the show gets underway at 7.30pm. Phone 01721 725777 for more details.