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Woolfboy - One4Review

Edinburgh Fringe Festival sees the World Premiere of ‘Woolfboy’ a psycho-sexual musical thriller. In a hospital specialising in young males with psychological problems we meet David (Paul Holowaty) who suffers from Lycanthrope, to such an extent he is muzzled and restrained to prevent him from biting the staff. One day he gets the sent of a new troubled inmate Bernie (Gregg Lowe). Bernie has attempted to commit suicide by slitting his wrists. Bernie’s brother Christian (Lee Latchford Evans) is at a loss as to why he should attempt this. Bernie is the all round American High School hero, the Jock, member of the hockey team  and an A-grade scholar, so why? The main nurse scheduled to look after both boys is Cherry (Katie Beard) her compassion and desire to help both patients leaves her vulnerable to Christian’s advances. The building relationships and snippets of past histories we glean during the show should point to the ultimate tragic climax, but we are lulled in to a false sense of security. As for the voices who is Annie (Annabel Howitt) the disembodied voice heard only by David. The play is written by Brad Fraser adapted and directed by Russell Labey with music and lyrics by Leon Paris. This is a brilliant musical although I could not quite remember any of the songs. Despite the harrowing ending I would really like to go back and see it again, or at least get a CD and listen to it. For some superb performances don’t wait for the full moon but get down and get a ticket today.   ****   For more information go to and yes it is the Lee Latchford Evans from ‘Stepps’ and Paul Holowaty from Britannia High and numerous other TV shows.

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