ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Roar Dumbshow

By | Published on Thursday 11 August 2011

This show is like fresher’s week in a brothel. The ‘Dumbshow’ cast are a giddy lot: “little monsters” Lady Gaga herself would be proud of. Glitter and gin lace the plot, which is melodramatic and a little far fetched, but entertaining nevertheless. The soundtrack is well selected, the costumes are gaudy, and the verse brings something of Chaucer or Shakespeare with a little The Only Way Is Essex style humour thrown in. When the giddy frivolity falls away to more serious scenes, the actors perform with surprising skill and tenderness, though there are moments when the whole thing gets a bit infantile and unbelievable, and it does smack of a pantomime throughout. A guilty pleasure, ‘Roar’ will not disappoint.

C, 3 – 29 Aug, 8.45pm (10.45pm), £8.50 – £11.50, fpp293.
tw rating 3/5