Mikey the Pikey
  • By Pete Shaw
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  • 1st Aug 2005
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  • ★★★★★

Chavs are a fashionable target at this year's Fringe. Burberry, it would seem, is the new black when it comes to comic material. And so, Mikey the Pikey - the Chav musical - isn't such a surprising show to appear in the listings for Edinburgh.

Whilst the Chav character is ruthlessly jibed, there's also a moving human story here. Mikey, born in a skip outside the Star Nightclub, seeks to better himself in the pursuit of the unobtainable, and middle-class, Angela Jessops. On the way he discovers its his friends on the sink estate where he lives that stand by him when the system lets him down.

More rock-opera than musical, Mikey the Pikey features a strong score of sharply satirical numbers, with glorious choreography that make a simple idea ridiculously funny. This is also the first show I can remember seeing where the stagehands can steel a scene, receiving rapturous applause from the audience.

The cast are a hugely talented bunch, delivering both dialog and song with confidence and comic timing. The show has come in for some criticism that it doesn't do anything about the Chav plight; but honestly, I think they are missing the point. This class-struggle story is as old as the hills, but the packaging is a parody.

Reviews by Pete Shaw

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★★★
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★★★
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★★★★
Multiple Venues

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★★★★★
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★★★★

The Blurb

Pleasance Dome. 3-29 Aug (not 9th or 16th) 3.40pm (1 hour 20 minutes)