1001 Open Mic Nights

This energised group of youngsters bounce about the stage with glee, making a capella look far easier than it truly is and throwing themselves into the Fringe vibe with abandon.

They are a spirited lot who perform with energy across a range of genres and styles

They are a spirited lot who perform with energy across a range of genres and styles which are tackled with confidence and nascent charisma.

That said, and as any diligent drama GCSE student will tell you, purposeful dramatic intentions lie at the heart of every successful production, and certainly a sharper theatrical ear on the links between songs and what they are supposed to bring to an audience may have secured a more robust show. There appears to be some sort of central friendship/relationship between two girls, but it is hard to tell for sure. For not only does the lazy dialogue surrounding what appears to be a plot have all the emotional depth and psychological punch of a wall art sticker from The Range, it is frequently barely audible, despite being delivered via microphone. There really is no need to venture into this ill-advised flirtation with acting and the team would be well-advised to take on board Stanislavski’s tenet that less is more and focus on what it is that they can do.

Happily, the singing hits the right actual and metaphorical notes. The company show some burgeoning invention, and have some fun choreographical ideas. There is a clear sense of mutual respect within the troupe and an emerging willingness to communicate with an audience. With a little handholding and a more brutal editorial team, there is every reason to suppose that these fresh-faced minstrels will continue to entertain Fringe audience for many more years to come.

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1001 Open Mic Nights is an a cappella jukebox musical following the dynamic relationship between Liv and Nina, set to the backdrop of a bustling karaoke bar. Over the space of one night, we get to know the club’s quirky regulars, sample the musical treats and witness how friendships can change when life seems to get in the way. One Open Mic Night down, only 1000 left to go!

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