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Public – The Musical (Stroud & Notes / The Pleasance)

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

A gender-neutral toilet is not the most obvious setting for a musical comedy. Happily, the book here is more PC than WC and it works brilliantly. The show is based on four well drawn stereotypes bouncing off each other when inconveniently confined together for the real-time duration of the show. Essentially a musical sit-com, some genuine (if expected) character development moves things forward at pace. This is a well-crafted show with great dialogue, fine music and lyrics, and some excellent character acting. It’s well-shaped too, moving generously beyond caricature to a warm-hearted plea for understanding and acceptance of individuality. It’s sharp, very funny, and the audience loved it. Flushed with fringe success, it will surely have a further life beyond.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Alan Cranston]