Edges

Performed by Bristol University students, who were of such a high standard that I assumed they must be professionals, ‘Edges’ is a song cycle that catches life’s moments of development and change. The brilliantly written score and libretto cast funny, poignant spotlights on the hopes and anxieties of a generation and will ring familiar to anyone who has dealt with family, loss, love – in short, this musical will appeal to anyone!The witty lyrics were brought to life with brilliant characterisation by a very talented cast. Beautifully trained voices really conveyed that feelgood-musical-theatre ethic, with flawless accents and strong, personable interpretations. A few technical problems on the night I saw it were dealt with smoothly and with unflinching professionalism.Trying to find highlights in the 13 songs performed, I’m stumped: every song was done to perfection and I spent the entire show laughing or crying. From a tear-jerking tribute to a dying mother and beautifully performed ode of desperation against being alone to a hilariously hysterical ex-girlfriend’s jealousy, the cycle is an emotional roller coaster realised with pizazz.Leaving the show after a final number that pulled the anxieties and desperation together into a hopeful, optimistic finish, I genuinely felt that I had got something deeper from ‘Edges.’ I am now being driven mad by hummed a cappella versions of ‘In Short’ all day.‘Edges’ is a must-see: after all, how often does one have a chance to see a musical featuring the words, ‘I hope you f*cking die’? A fantastic musical, performed to perfection and the best show I’ve seen yet at this year’s Fringe.

Reviews by Amy Crothers

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The Blurb

Fusing the epic and the intimate, the lyrical and the conversational, Pasek & Paul's musical is a charming look at the hopes, fears and social blunders of twentysomethings living in today's world. Fresh from a sell-out Bristol run. www.edges-edinburgh.co.uk

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