Friday, 12 September 2008

REVIEW: Departure Lounge by Dougal Irvine

Departure Lounge by Dougal Irvine
West End International, Newpalm Productions and Andy Barnes Productions Present

This musical comedy has balls. Awaiting their A level results, four cheeky lads are stuck in the airport after their not-so-cultured holiday in Spain (Ryanair is awaiting a crucial delivery of single serving milk containers). Reminiscing over birds, booze and mingers, they consider more important issues such as why they use the word gay as an insult, and whatever happened on Thursday night. The whole package is there - love, laughs, awkward arm-punches and the token gay and geeky ones. Hilarious cockiness and banter aside, these boys really can sing, and with gorgeous harmonies, this dose of testosterone is musical theatre at its best and possibly most accessible - not camp, not flouncy, just good old fashioned Brits on tour.
Musical Theatre @ George Square, 4 - 25 Aug, 9.00pm (10.15pm), prices vary, fpp 169
tw rating: 4/5

published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival

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