Last year DarkChat made a mistake. This musical was shortlisted but didn't end up on the week's spreadsheet* of shows to be seen at the Edinburgh Fringe. Having read last year's reviews and heard a BBC radio interview with the writer/performer Seiriol Davies, we were determined to remedy the situation this year.
On the afternoon we attended, there was a packed house and a real sense of anticipation. Seiriol Davies, ably assisted by the splendid Matthew Blake, set the scene, explaining that the show is about the life of Henry Cyril Paget, the 5th Marquis of Anglesey, a man who dared to be different. They are joined on stage by Dylan Townley - on keyboard and a range of scene-stealing facial expressions.
The show is a glorious celebration of non-conformity. The witty songs are delivered at a frenetic pace, however, every
word is audible - these gentlemen have beautiful diction. There is much fun to be had from the Victorian setting but with
plenty of contemporary references, including a gentle swipe at the conventions of modern musical theatre. There is a little
audience participation,, from the safety of our seats, and we learn a useful German phrase.
Catch this show at the Edinburgh Fringe, on tour around the UK in the autumn or at the Young Vic in London from
December. As the writer manages to squeeze in reference to his native language, it only remains to say "Roedd y sioe
yn fendigedig, Seiriol!"
* Of course we have a spreadsheet and it is colour coded, in case you were wondering.
Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3)
Tuesday 8th August