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O Is For Ofsted (Make Theatre Company)

By | Published on Monday 18 August 2014

A failing school faces a visit from Ofsted inspectors, with some of it set to music. Although, really, there’s not actually that much music. Make Theatre’s new musical is a cheerful send-up of bureaucratised education, aiming its ridicule at students and teachers alike. Sadly, the music lets this piece down: one song is set to the tune of ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ while another has an eerily similar melody to ‘The Life I Lead’ from ‘Mary Poppins’. Every rhyme, in unvarying couplets, is predictable and the subject matter is uninteresting one of the songs is about tea and coffee. This energetic group of performers has talent, certainly, but it needs a better vehicle.

theSpace @ North Bridge, until 16 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Tim Bano]