This was the first show I saw at the Edinburgh Fringe, so was fired up with anticipation, keeping an open mind, that unlike in the West End in London with luxury of a budget, most productions I have reviewed have been performed, directed and produced by professionally trained practitioners.
Due to the open nature of the wonderful Edinburgh Fringe, all are welcome to participate and so obviously, the standards will vary massively from show to show.
Keeping the above in mind, I took my first steps into the my very first show at my very first #edfringe 🙂
The show had a lively start, it opened with a feel-good song, performed alongside basic dance choreography with a bit of comedy thrown in. The song welcomed us (the audience ) to their city ‘Dollaropolis‘.
We are introduced to the concept capitalism and communism and the divide between the haves and the have-nots. It’s a Good vs Evil story with comedic villains in the guise of The Broker and his side-kick Hot-dog Man. Our heros are Kyle and his mother, and his friends, Emily and Max.
The opening song introduces us to all of the above, in a hilarious way with a bit of ‘yelling’ for extra emphasis, it’s actually very funny.
Kyle’s mother is a leader in the communist fight and has a nickname ” Mildron The Destroyer” she is apparently 300yrs old. As she breathes her last breath (not a spoiler) she passes on her quest for a communist world to her beloved son, Kyle.
Kyle takes this on this quest and sets out to find ‘The Hammer of Hope” then take on The Broker and Hot-Dog Man alone, but his friends Emily and Max have doubts that Kyle will succeed and decide to put him off his quest for his own good.
The set had a black backdrop with a cardboard cutout of the city on stage, some of the cast members were holding up signs of city establishments, such as, ‘Betting’, ‘Tanning’ and ‘Brothel’.
In between scenes the cast smoothly move the set away, it was done very slick indeed, so not to distract from the narrative, sometimes, they even did a set change and made it comical within the story, very clever indeed – lovely touch!
Costumes were all bright colours, mainly Red, Blue and Green, which popped nicely against the black backdrop, giving Dollaropolis, almost cartoon-like feel.
The hot-dog costume was brilliant of course, I did feel for the actor who played him, as the auditorium was baking hot, many in the audience were fanning themselves – so hats off to Mr Hot-Dog Man for performing so well in that costume 🙂
Live music was provided by a keyboard player, who did a tremendous job. The score and songs were fun and as lively as the script, creating almost a panto atmosphere.
I liked alot of the songs in this show, but my favourite song was a duet sung by Emily and Max “Listen to the Girlfriend” the lyrics were amazing and it was performed beautifully and comically in exactly the correct parts. Another great song was, “We’ll fix this” again, sung by Emily and Max, these two performers really know how to sell a song 🙂
The vocals and harmonies from all performers were really good too.
Here is a preview of the cast running a song from the show before the Edinburgh Fringe run.
As a choreographer, I love watching how the choreography is added to the story and songs in a musical, in this case it was basic choreography that was fun and cheesy that matched the vibe of the script and songs.
The choreography consisted of lots of ‘jazz hands’ and ‘fist pumps’ with a generous sprinkling of shoulder shimmying, finger clicking and head nodding, all in complimentary style with the whole production.
I did have to laugh when they threw in some Beyonce, Crazy in Love ‘Booty Shakes’, it was such a good touch 😀
Overall, I really enjoyed this show and would happily watch it again. It was my first show of my Edinburgh Fringe week and I am happy to say that I feel that it caught the true spirit of the festival, a real talented cast who can make you laugh whilst telling a really good story at the same time.
Hats off to the actress who played Kyle’s mother, a real comedy actress, a true star!
The play was not so concerned with communism, as it warned on the leaflet, but it did entertain in every way.
I loved it, well done everyone, great job!
Theatre Company – Lancaster Offshoots