Wall 2.0! A Thinly Veiled Manifesto for How to Mend Our Broken World  Disguised as a New American Musical

Wall 2.0! follows the citizens and aristocrats of Nowallia, a dystopian land which had in the past been divided by an impassable wall. The backstory to this is explored further in the company’s other Fringe show – Wall 1.0! (which runs directly beforehand) – but for all intents and purposes was a while ago. Power relations are challenged when the charismatic but perhaps overbearing leader First Minister Sludge is confronted by a lowly citizen, resulting in the eruption of civil chaos.

The Fringe offers a wonderfully accessible platform that allows anyone and anything to have a go

On the whole the thirty-strong cast - made up of students at the Denver School of the Arts Theatre - gave an energetic and enthusiastic performance, and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the debut of the original score (which in my experience can often be a gamble - for every well-known musical there must be two-hundred which unfortunately could not stand the test of time). It was evident from the first ensemble number that a lot of love and hard-work had gone into this production. Whilst I did feel that the maturity level of the script could have done with growing up by a few years – if you are not performing in a children’s show I would urge anyone to avoid singing about a “poopy” nemesis – there was undeniable talent amongst the performers. In particular, those who portrayed First Minister Bruno Sludge and his political rival Larry outdid themselves with bluesy renditions throughout the performance. I couldn’t help but be fully aware, however, that this was a school play. It ticked all the boxes to delight proud parents: corny dance routines, questionable costumes (I’m looking at you, Abraham) and exaggerated reactions from members of the chorus. I would argue that the joy of a school play often comes from watching friends and relatives rather than the execution of the production, but nevertheless I found myself suitably entertained.

The Fringe offers a wonderfully accessible platform that allows anyone and anything to have a go, try out new ideas and receive some of the most honest feedback going; and I’m sure that this educational experience will make the cast stronger actors because of it… although I couldn’t help but feel that the show was geared more towards the students’ schooling than to the paying audience’s enjoyment.

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Walls, glass ceilings and other metaphorical pieces of infrastructure have come down. But what happens when, out of the blue, an inclusive society suddenly decides to rebuild? Feelings trump common sense. New walls and divisions are sewn. Everything changes forever. Thank goodness this depressing story is told through glorious song and dance! World premiere of this dystopian original musical, part of a pair presented by DSAT this Fringe.

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