Fleeced

 

Venue 13 Lochend Close

2-23 August

15.15

£6-£8

 

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Welcome to a the world of Jersephules, an all-singing, cross-dressing hero that Homer forgot to mention. Set in ancient Greece, he finds himself, like Jason, questing for the golden fleece, which this time is hung around the neck of King Midas. Its journey to Edinburgh 2014 had been made possible by a young theater company called By the Book Productions, assembled from the cream of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
 

 

The show is a cheerful romp through Greek mythology, rather in the vein of an Asterix book, with the added bonus of some great songs. The cast is quite charming, from the well-bronzed physique of Odysseus (Nickcolia King-N’da), to the quite beautiful voice of Alice Jarvis, who plays Medusa. All the players worked well together & gave an astonishing rendition of the show’s best scene. This sees the three graces/witches or whatever the were – called the Funky Sisters – swoop their hooded gowns across the stage like mating swans, while the rest of the cast dance through the scene about them – a true highlight of a pleasant hour spent at Venue 13 & a company that shows a lot of potential for the future. THREE STARS

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Reviewer : Damo Bullen

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