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Three To See 2016: New musicals

By | Published on Saturday 30 July 2016

Ghost Quartet

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three new musicals.

Confessions Of A Justified Song Writer | Assembly Checkpoint | 4-28 Aug
When it comes to musicals at the Fringe, we are always most interested in the newly developed or still developing ones, so here’s the first of three you can experience in 2016. This first one sounds a bit meta, really, given that it’s about the tricky process of creating songs, so that’s interesting, plus, it’s from The Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland, who always come up with great stuff.

Ghost Quartet | Roundabout @ Summerhall | 5-28 Aug (pictured)
This already-acclaimed piece, first performed in 2013, sounds quite amazing, and puts me in mind of something like ‘Cloud Atlas’, given its interweaving narratives set in various different times. It draws on all sorts of different musical genres – “murder ballads, doo-wop, Islamic adhan, and raucous campfire drinking songs collide”, apparently, to make this something of a haunting, mash-up musical.

Macbeth | C | 3-20 Aug
Time to brush up your Shakespeare, not just because it’s the 400th anniversary of his death this year, but because Hackney Empire are bringing to the Fringe this rather intriguing sounding musical adaptation of the classic tragedy. Performed and created by young Hackney artists, the music falls into the categories of R’n’B, grime and afrobeat, so it’s certainly not your average show tune fare.