ED2012 3/5 Reviews ED2012 Musical Reviews

Retail Therapy (MAdD Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 22 August 2012

A lot of Fringe musicals take a normal setting, familiar ideas or recognisable characters, and parody them by adding songs. In this case it’s department store workers but, like most of these shows, there’s nothing particularly new in terms of characters or plot. But the acting’s good, the jokes are pretty great and the whole thing is completely fun. What really marks this one out from the rest is the quality of song lyrics and musical composition. They’re not only good in their own right, but manage to pay homage to classic musicals. If you’ve worked in a shop you’ll enjoy the sense of familiarity, if you haven’t you’ll enjoy the ridiculous clichés. It’s not perfect, but you’ll leave happy.

Greenside, 14-18 Aug, 3.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Katherine Cunningham]