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Godspell (Shotgun Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2017

Exeter University’s company Shotgun Theatre bring their re-imagining of ‘Godspell’ to the Fringe. It’s not an easy musical to pull off – the parables can read more like a list than a completed story, and that’s unfortunately the problem with this production. Often difficult to follow, the set up for each parable followed the same pattern, making the use of space repetitive. The gender-blind casting did make for a refreshing and welcome change, but often meant it was hard to tell who was who. High energy and high enthusiasm, the whole cast are powerful, talented performers with impressive range and abilities, but even that this isn’t enough to save this confused production. Promising performances, but a less than promising adaptation.

Greenside @ Nicolson Square, until 19 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Bethan Highgate-Betts]