I was a little bit sceptical, but rather intrigued to see how this would play out – I can’t say I was expecting it to be as damn incredible as it was!
The premise is that a director has pitched a musical that’s absolutely terrible and rather than have his funding pulled, he says that he in fact has another musical that he can have ready to pitch within an hour and a half. That’s where the audience come in, as they’re asked to shout suggestions of setting, characters, famous composers and plot lines.
When it was decided (by the audience) within the first two minutes that this was going to be a musical about Roman slaves in Dundee working on Hadrian’s Wall I cringed inwardly – what on earth had I paid £15 for?!
Imagine my total surprise when bizarrely, brilliantly and ingeniously a musical was improvised in front of my very eyes incorporating music inspired by Mozart, Gilbert and Sullivan, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Handel, Hendrix and Bernstein with dialogue inspired by the likes of Shakespeare and Harold Pinter. The result was one of the most hilarious performances I’ve seen in a long time and an immensely enjoyable evening.
The best thing about Showstopper is that you can go and see it as many times as you like and you’ll always be guaranteed a completely different show. It’s coming back to Brighton in May as part of the Brighton festival. I’m going to buy my ticket now.