Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch

Move aside Maleficent, Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch is the new anti-hero tale in town.

A tantalising and tentacle filled parody

A tantalising and tentacle filled parody of the beloved Disney classic. Unfortunate joyously dismantles the stereotypes in modern fairytales; with physicality, puppetry and wicked humour.

From the outset, there is a buzz in the packed room, eagerly awaiting the beginning of the show. Converting several hundred faithful Disney fans is no easy feat but Fat Rascal Theatre brought the house down during the opening number.

Robyn Grant was the Ursula everyone had been waiting for. Grant exuded charm and finesse, in a beautiful homage to the original character, voiced by Pat Caroll. The showbiz, cabaret-style rapport and Hollywood-esque vocal stylings were reminiscent of a young Judy Garland. Without a doubt, in this case, a star is born.

Allie Munro deserves notable mention for her plethora of parts but most notably, Sebastian. Munro's use of movement was impeccable. Sharp moves and slick singing from Munro, brought the much loved character to life.

The entire cast plays a part in what makes this show great, from the slick puppetry to powerhouse harmonies. Katie Wells and Jamie Mawson play the perfect simpering and spoilt alternative to Ariel and Eric. Mawson's performance of My Little Flute was hitting all the right notes with the audience, with laughter erupting all around. Stefan Rizzi's take on Triton was both surprising and strong. Rizzi performed ballads with momentous feeling and switched to month python style movement with ease.

This show is filled to the brim with vocal talent, and the cast balance pitch-perfect singing with effortless comedic timing. Fat Rascal Theatre has delivered a fun, flirty and strictly not for kids classic; with a wonderfully modern message. With themes such as not losing your voice for a man, consent and the unattainable image; Unfortunate has substance as well as style.

It is clear that this cast devised concept is going to be a hit. Long may Ursula reign the seven seas, and the box office.

Reviews by Amy Macrae

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The Blurb

Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon. But who is the woman behind the tentacles? From the multi award-winning Fat Rascal Theatre, creators of sell-out hit musicals Buzz and Vulvarine, comes the untold story of Ursula the sea witch. It's time to take the plunge as we reveal what really happened under the sea, in a tell-all tale of sex, sorcery and suckers. A musical parody. Praise for Vulvarine: 'A champion of British comedy musicals' ***** (DIVA). 'A masterclass in musical theatre' ***** (EdinburghGuide.com). ***** (TheUpcoming.co.uk).

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