MU­SI­CALS AND OPERA ThE MAN AND MEN Hill Street tHe­atre (Venue 41) HHHHH

The Scotsman - - Fringereviews Hotshow -

The sexes have ap­par­ently van­ished in this some­what con­fused pro­duc­tion by North of eng­land Con­cert The­atre.

De­spite the ti­tle, the only singer is fe­male and the other ghoul­ish char­ac­ters, all mu­si­cians, look like es­capees from a lu­natic asy­lum. Pitched as “an opera in one breath”, Joshua Good­man’s set­ting of a string of am­bigu­ous mus­ings by Tom Ri­ley is in­deed a fu­ne­re­al­ly­paced af­fair with lit­tle to en­gage the au­di­ence in terms of nar­ra­tive or mu­si­cal struc­ture. A pity, as the five mu­si­cians are com­pe­tent play­ers; they de­serve bet­ter ma­te­rial than this.


Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day 4:35pm.

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