Everyone’s been to a house party at some point but can anyone say they left the party as sober as when they arrived?. Bottle Top Theatre Company writers Freya Smith and Jack Williams did stay sober and have arrived at the Fringe with an awesome debut musical.
Part A follows a group of six friends as they enjoy a house party and discover a little bit more about themselves and what life is really about. The show is essentially a very clever song cycle with a fusion of musical styles blended together with humour and poignancy to create a unique show.
The cast’s vocals blend together in sumptuous harmonies and the writing gives each of the six a moment to shine. The highlight was Jay, who gives a comic tour de force performance with an added touch of emotion to make his character fully rounded. That said each performer holds their own in a musical which explores fully the effects of these parties; it's entirely possible to be in a room full of people and still be the loneliest person in the world. This aspect sets Part A apart from the other musicals - its honesty is totally refreshing.
Watching Part A is reminiscent of Friends in its glory days; with some excellently written tunes and believable characters, this is remarkable musical debut from this welsh company and if they continue to produce productions of this calibre they have a great future ahead.