ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Musical Reviews

FRESHER The Musical (Paulden Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

Exceedingly well-framed characters forge a great and surprisingly believable dynamic here. The music is rousing when needed, but the range of styles on display lead to an incredibly varied and versatile performance. The premise is strong, and the overall themes of self-discovery and insecurity are universal enough that you don’t need to be a fresher to understand it. The well-orchestrated incorporation of recitative-like moments is particularly striking, forming a contrapuntal cocktail with more melodic lines. Memorable songs, endearing characters, scenarios you can relate to – this was truly energising to watch. Whether university is a recent memory, distant nostalgia, or something to look forward to, this captures all kinds of exuberance in one thrilling musical snapshot.

Pleasance Dome, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15), 3.50pm (5.00pm), £8.50 – £12.00, fpp225.
tw rating 4/5