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Phools (Babolin Theatre)

By | Published on Monday 7 August 2017

A rollicking and exuberant piece of musical theatre, ‘Phools’ is an adventure into silliness – from the Pythonesque to the pantomime. The narrative is told by a New England Skiffle band and follows the titular character, Phools Mortalsby, as he travels to seventeenth century England in an attempt to find his father. The strength of this performance comes from the repertoire of bizarre songs and the constant, diverse use of comedy. The twelve-strong cast performs with an infectious energy that infuses through the show, however there is a clear lack of intricacy and depth to the narrative, plus the occasional use of tired clichés. ‘Phools’ is an entertaining performance, but one that ultimately favours silliness over substance.

Bedlam Theatre, until 12 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [James Napleton]