Fresher the Musical

3 stars

***

This is getting rave reviews and won the best new musical award last year… but I was just bored. The characters are typical stereotypes, the plot predictable and the music bland.

However the actors are all excellent and Dan Buckley in particular has excellent comic timing. Unfortunately they’re let down with one of the worst sound designs I’ve heard in the Fringe. The mix is so wet/bright that the ensemble numbers just come across as a huge wash of twang, rendering most lyrics irrelevant. And if you’re sitting stage left you can’t hear them anyway as the drums are so damn loud that is all you can hear…

Another problem is that most of the action is directed out front yet the majority of the audience is at the sides.

The dialogue is fine though.

Review by Alan.

Pleasance Dome, 15:50-17:00.

Until 29th August.

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