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Inheritance Blues (DugOut Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 17 August 2014

‘Inheritance Blues’ is the music-infused story of how a blues trio ended up spending a booze-soaked night with three bereaved brothers, tackling themes of abandonment, alcoholism and broken families. Six strong characters are sharply delineated within the first ten minutes the acting and the writing deserve equal credit here. Will Brown’s Archie and Ed MacArthur’s “Scissorhands” come across especially well the latter’s piano chops are astounding. The stand-out moment comes in the form of a saxophone battle, though everyone gets the chance to show their musical skills as we learn about the Fenwick brothers’ deceased father. With brilliant acting and superb music, ‘Inheritance Blues’ manages to be hilarious, tense, poignant and uplifting, and it ends on a perfect note.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Jon Stapley]