Edinburgh Fringe Festival Reviews Part 2

imageWell, I’m officially at the start of my second week at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! It has been an exceptionally busy, but awesome, week so far. I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be! Here are some of my latest reviews…

ED Theatre Review: The Generation of Z

86% of the world’s global population has been infected with The Z syndrome. You are among the last known group of survivors. Everyone is at the mercy of the military now, who are the only ones with training, technology, and weapons. The experience is intense at times, with actors screaming and shoving the audience, attempted zombie attacks and explosive noises (which were much too loud). The experience was disappointing, however, as I was expecting the audience to have more much more of an impact on the outcome. Instead, we were left standing and watching scenes the vast majority of the time, with few adrenaline pumping moments. An ambitious production, with impressive set decoration, that ultimately needs more thrills.

Assembly George Square Theatre, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Keara Barnes]

ED Musicals Review: Sinatra: Final Curtain

With vast experience as a professional Frank Sinatra impersonator, Moray Innes doesn’t disappoint here: close your eyes and you could believe Ol’ Blue Eyes was actually standing in front of you. Listening to his beautifully melodic voice belting out Sinatra classics is the absolute highlight of this show, prompting sing-a-longs and smiles from the audience. Similarly, Steve Worsley gives a charismatic performance as ‘Drunky’ Dean Martin, his voice and mannerisms reminiscent of the star. Unfortunately I can’t say the rest of the production was as impressive. A strong plot is executed poorly in terms of performance and script, with abundant overacting and little emotional connection. With interweaving dialogue and song, the production has potential, but ultimately fails to excite.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Keara Barnes]

ED Theatre Review: Sleeping Trees Treelogy

Three guys, three shows and about a dozen characters each; Sleeping Trees undoubtedly have their hands full this festival! The trio are doing three productions, each an interpretation of a different fictional story. I attended ‘The Odyssey’, an energetic show that strays from the original tale but is certainly entertaining. The actors are talented, engaging, and hilarious, portraying everything from a six-eyed monster to a talking table. Their performances are intense, physically and vocally, and the transitions and movements impressively choreographed. I would just have liked to see some semblance of a set or some lighting effects, as this would have contributed immensely to the aesthetic aspect of the show. Nevertheless, Sleeping Trees are a company to look out for this festival.

Pleasance Courtyard until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Keara Barnes]

ED Musicals Review: The Addams Family

Complete with a doom and gloom atmosphere, signature finger snaps, and even contemporary references, ‘The Addams Family’ is that classic family musical that never dies. With a fantastically spooky set and ‘dead on’ sound design and lighting, the show vastly resembles the television and cinematic representations. The only exceptions are a female Lurch and the presence of numerous ghostly relatives from a variety of decades past. The show is performed by students of the MA Musical Theatre Program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was an exceptionally professional production overall. Stand-out performances came from Andrew Perry as Uncle Fester; Martin Murphy as Gomez Addams and Hannah Howie as Alice Beineke. This is one for the whole family, folks- even Thing.

The Assembly Hall, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Keara Barnes]

ED Musicals Review: Departure: A Song Cycle

“You might change your life just by saying hello.” In an age of advanced technology, it can sometimes be a struggle to make a connection with the person sitting beside you. ‘Departures’, a new musical, expresses this idea and encourages people to look up from their phones a little more. Eight strangers in a tube station slowly start interacting, breaking down barriers and personal bubbles, expressing emotions through song and searching for something real. The characters are based on real people interviewed across the UK, making the show especially poignant. This amateur production was touching and funny, working well in the intimate space, but it overstated the central message of the story and was platitudinous in places. Yet, an ambitious and enjoyable show overall.

C cubed until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Keara Barnes]

more coming soon!

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