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Three To See 2014: Musical Adaptations

By | Published on Wednesday 23 July 2014

The Girl Who

And so to our second instalment of picks from the musicals section of the Fringe, and this time ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses has selected a trio of productions that fall into the category ‘adaptations’. Well, almost.

Ernest, Or Much Ado About Muffins
I have a weakness for Wilde, it probably has something to do with the fact that I played Lady Bracknell in a school production of ‘The Importance Of Being Ernest’ at a very impressionable age. I am, furthermore, mildly obsessed by cucumber sandwiches (completely delicious with a nice cup of tea) and also things yesteryear (though I don’t especially want to live there; imagine life without the internet now. Imagine it. Not pretty, is it?). Anyway, this, as you may have gathered, is a songified version of Wilde’s arguably most famous work, that most witty comedy of unlikely coincidences. Mmmm. Cucumber sandwiches.
C cubed, from 31 Jul to until 25 Aug. Tickets here

The Odyssey: An Epic Musical Epic!
Talking of quality school productions (and it was, believe me), this next show is a school production, but it’s from a big school, with a lot of talented young people in it, so I am going to take a chance on this latest outing from Audacious Productions. You all know the story. Odysseus wants to get home, but the gods aren’t on his side, and a whole lot of distractions get thrown his way. This production claims to be a comedic and frenetic take on Homer’s time honoured tale, so actually, it might be a good thing for all you folk who think that classics are boring. You know who you are.
C, from 31 Jul until until 9 Aug. Tickets here.

The Girl Who
Okay, not sure this qualifies strictly as an adaptation, but it is inspired by the classic ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books. Remember those? The ones where you read a bit then it gives you the option of going to either page 17 or page 64…? So, it’s a bit like that, except that instead of a reader being in control of where the story goes, it’s the entire audience at any given performance; Anna is searching for her parents, and you get to choose how she finds them. This new musical has been created by an award winning team – Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie of Noisemaker Productions, responsible for last year’s 5/5 ‘Freak Show’, again working with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, so you can feel pretty sure that this is going to be a good use of your time.
Assembly George Square Gardens, from 1 Aug until 25 Aug. Tickets here.

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