Elaine C Smith’s TV alter ego, Mary Nesbitt, might not be best known for her sunny outlook on life, but Elaine herself is clearly capable of spreading the ‘feel good factor’, wherever she appears on stage - at least if her performance in Rothesay on Thursday is anything to go by.
Elaine’s ‘Still Standing - Just’ show - her first ever Rothesay gig after more than a quarter of a century in showbusiness - was the climax of three days spent on Bute recording footage for a forthcoming STV series visiting the places Scots used to go on holiday.
Having spent much of that time before the show meeting ‘real people’ - which is to say, those who TV execs deem not sufficiently interesting, talented or just plain weird to normally appear on the small screen - she was full of praise for the welcome both she and her friend and Rab C. Nesbitt co-star Barbara Rafferty had received in their short time on Bute.
And that praise was more than reflected in the audience’s response to the combination of stand-up comedy, readings, songs and off-the-cuff answers which comprised Thursday night’s show.
Quizzed in The Buteman’s August 30 edition about the content of the performance, she had promised it wouldn’t all be for and about a female audience - and while the women watching probably got rather more out of the night than the men, the fact that pretty much everyone, regardless of age or gender, was up on their feet taking part in a mass singalong to Marvin Gaye’s hit ‘How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You’ at the end of the night only confirmed that the show hit the spot with all those who saw it.