You had me at “fantasy musical”. I love fantasy fiction, I love musicals, it would be difficult for me not to like this show. It helps that this eager group of performers bring all their enthusiasm to bringing that premise to life in a fun-filled loving parody of classic fantasy clichés. It’s easy to tell that the creators of The Quest genuinely love fantasy and rip the genre’s most tired tropes to shreds with nothing but the most honest affection.
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An already charming and unique musical comedy that’s absolutely nailed by this group of talented young performers with a near overwhelming degree of skill.
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The premise of this piece intrigued me, and was enough to convince me to see it the day after I first heard about it. That premise, however, barely seems important after the first few minutes as the narrative gives itself over to something that could conceivably work with any back-story. That said, this is, by no stretch of the imagination, a bad play, and everyone involved has talent worthy of commendation.
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Kind of like a Samuel Beckett play but with rats. I think that’s the best explanation I can give of this show.
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Yet another show I chose on a whim because it was on soon and I hadn’t seen anything at a Greenside Venue yet this year. As I always say about the Fringe, you stumble in to some of the best shows by accident. My only regret is that I saw it on its last day, otherwise I’d be recommending it to everyone I knew here.
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A charmingly bizarre wander into a colourful world of prepubescent imagination, Girl World is one of those shows that executes peculiarity in a manner that seems utterly logical.
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I love a good bit of period drama, it’s something of a guilty pleasure of mine, truth be told, and good period drama done on stage is something I have particular time for. WWII-era Britain, as it happens, is one of my favourite periods in which to see it set.
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(from the show viewed on 03/08/2018)
Everyone loves a good bit of improv, and this was the first piece of ‘straight’ improv with no extra augmentations that I’ve seen for a while. It was refreshing and relaxing to just enjoy a bit of simple good old-fashioned improvisation from a group with a knack for it.
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“Technology is bad, m’kay”. That seems to be essentially what this show boiled down to. It was heavy handed and shallow with a very tired message that I’m kind of sick to death of seeing media use. The entire thing has an unpleasant air of shallow smugness, determined to paint anyone the slightest bit appreciative of modern tech as rude, unpleasant, and unlikable. It’s not just the message isn’t even a good one, it’s also just how heavy-handedly the play forces that message down your throat. It’s unrelenting and poorly handled with the characters you’re meant to like and root for coming across as insufferably self-righteous.
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My feelings for this show are that it has a lot of important things to say but doesn’t really know how to say them. Mental Health is a heavy subject and so you need to give it sufficient weight. For me, that weight wasn’t there.
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