Welcome to Skid Row, a New York slum where only those who don’t have any choice would go. Seymore is a penniless and geeky florist assistant, hopelessly in love with the unattainable Audrey. Little does he know, when christening a new plant Audrey II in her honour, that Audrey two will grow up to be significantly more dangerous than the average Venus fly trap. Many of the audience will already know a few songs from 60s-rock inspired score, and this is production is a good opportunity to get familiar with the show for those who don’t know it.This high-school production showed promise but much of the singing and dancing lacked conviction, bringing down what appears to be a sensitively-directed production. The good singing of Mushnik was not matched by the rest of the cast, and all the voices were constantly in danger of being swamped by the badly-synthed band as glimpsed with expressions of bored concentration at the back of the stage through the windows of the set. A mis-cast Scrivello (a camp wife-beater?) nevertheless got titters from the audience, but the real star of the show is the extravagant Audrey II puppet and it’s multiple-actor voice, whose gradual growth and graduation to carnivorous activities dominate visually as well as dramatically.

Reviews by James T. Harding

Pleasance Courtyard

Creatives

★★
Bedlam Theatre

The Duck Pond

★★★★★

The Blurb

Pride. Greed. Desire. Watch out! Here comes Audrey II! A deadly threat has surfaced on Skid Row. The smash hit black comedy comes to abduct the Fringe with a fresh, exciting and energetic cast.