The Sheriff of Nottingham: A Musical Musing on Middle Management 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 12, Aug 2014
I love the Fringe, because people come and do things like this: a comic play re-interpreting the Sheriff of Nottingham as a put-upon well-meaning middle manager. With songs and silliness and a management consultant.
The downsides: the venue is an incomplete marquee (chilly) not particularly suited to theatre, the sound system is unreliable, and skills in voice projection to the back were varied. However, the music and the reworkings of popular songs were well-written and performed, and the singing surprisingly good (some really lovely voices there). The story was just the right mix of plausible and bonkers, full of so many bits of word play, pot-shots and references to topical issues, the Fringe, pop culture, Nottingham (I had to have these explained to me), and the occasional subtle profanity, that you’d have to see it twice to catch them all.
All of the actors were well-suited to their tasks, and the cast as a whole displayed a delightful self-awareness, throwing in some entirely night-specific asides which worked beautifully.
I hope this group come back and perform in a better space.
Reviewed by Laura
Hotel Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge (Venue 303), 19:30 (until 16th)