Car Crash Productions: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 3 stars *** - One4Review
one4review | On 11, Aug 2017
Based on the film of the same name, ‘Priscilla’ the musical is a joyous and uplifting tale of acceptance and understanding. And a bus. However it’s a hard show to pull off in the Fringe.
This is an obviously inexperienced cast although they certainly threw their all into it with confidence galore. We started off the show with the three soul girls who all looked fabulous but were unfortunately weak singers, which is strange as when they had individual parts later in the show they were strong and confident.
The male leads worked their way into their roles better as the show went along although occasionally the actor playing Tick corpsed into panto mode and broke character. Standing out all round though was the unnamed actor playing Adam/Felicia who owned his role and was a joy to watch. The unnamed girl playing Cynthia was also excellent with great stage presence and created a good character.
But overall a lot of the singing was dodgy, out of key or out of time. The music seemed to swap between the supplied backing tracks and a small live band? Dancing was energetic and on the plus side the actors made good of all the humour and the costumes looked great. However it could have done with a larger cast and more rehearsal/development time.
To round off I would say they did what they could with what they had.
Review by Alan.
Greenside @ Royal Terrace