Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
19 August 2022
One of my most anticipated shows for this years fringe, and the first show I booked many months ago.
It had to be good, right? And it is! 9 incredibly multi-talented men, in a pub, telling stories and singing songs.
There are singalongs, there is tap dancing, there is comedy and more. The guy's voices particularly shone during the acappela version of Sia's Chandelier.
My one complaint is that the show ended too soon. It felt too short. I believe this Fringe version is cut to fit a 1 hour timeslot. And I have FOMO!
What did I miss?
It wasn't until after the show that I read more into the characters that I realised there was supposed to be 'The Poet', ''The Romantic', 'The Joker' etc. I didn't get any of that at all!, but I assume that's because I saw the short version.
Although I enjoyed the (seemingly random) songs, the actors and the general joyous atmosphere, I'm not entirely sure what the point is? A good hour and a singalong, yes. As a fringe show, it's great fun!
There's no denying the talent on stage and there's a touching, truly sad message about pubs closing due to Covid. But as a musical theatre show, it's lacking a story. I'd like to see the full length show in London so I can truly understand the hype, but I think I would grudge paying London prices.
As much fun as I had, I'm yet to be convinced by this one.
[Review first published on Instagram 22 August 2022]
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