Campy am-dram with a pre-school aesthetic, Edinburgh theatre
company, Cat-Like Tread’s
With frankly messy choreography and a hideous visual style, this version’s one saving grace is in the company’s vocals.
With frankly messy choreography and a hideous visual style, this version’s one saving grace is in the company’s vocals. They rarely falter. Not a word or a beat is missed and anyone who knows Gilbert and Sullivan will know that’s somewhat of an achievement in itself. But between the songs the acting is often as uninspired as the staging and costumes and above all the terrible painted giant building blocks. The artistic direction seems to have aimed at silliness and landed flat on abysmally infantile.
All the key songs are there; I Am the Pirate King, the staging of which is actually quite fun and is performed well, Poor Wand’ring One and I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General, the latter of which whilst sung competently lacks the comical and theatrical flair it deserves. The entire cast could do with injecting more roguishness and full heartiness into their performances, and whilst it’s nice that the full opera has been attempted it may have been more successful to simply do the show as a concert.
Go for a fix of Gilbert and Sullivan, but go with low expectations.