Don’t be fooled by the label “School Edition”. This show is as grown up as any other and ideal viewing for someone wanting to enjoy a comedy without constant profanity.
The young people of Gordonstoun School throw themselves into this production with enthusiasm, with chorus sections (for instance, in Schadenfreude) being particularly prominent. Whilst some singers are stronger than others individually, combined the sound is fantastic and the cast shine. Given the small stage area I was initially concerned as to how the ensemble would have space to move but simple yet effective choreography prevents the performers from appearing cramped. I would have liked to see some clearer direction during scenes when there were fewer characters onstage as at points some of the actors shuffle uncomfortably about the stage. For the most part though the cast remain confident onstage throughout and ease into the performance comfortably.
Although the diction and volume of the songs aren’t always good enough for the audience to hear clearly, the cast have a strong sense of comic timing and good command of the puppets which carries the show to a greater degree. Especially impressive are Victor Flavell and David Llewellyn as Rod and Nicky whose character acting is a delight to watch. Also deserving of a particular mention is Kaisey Elder whose portrayal of Kate Monster is perfectly pitched with an expressive nature that the other cast members would do well to take on board themselves.
Don’t be fooled by the label “School Edition”. This show is as grown up as any other and ideal viewing for someone wanting to enjoy a comedy without constant profanity. If the young cast of this production keep working to improve their performance skills then this show could be a huge success at the fringe and judging by the audience reaction at the end, it’s already on its way there.