Gilded Balloon Teviot
Sunday 6th August, 22.55
Putting an Edinburgh itinerary together is a tricky affair. It is always nice to see performers you know but you always need to
leave space for new favourites. This also means taking chances. Occasionally, you will see a blurb in the brochure that you
can’t really picture. Sometimes this will provide a terrible show but occasionally you will unearth a gem.
Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair looked strange and at the beginning of the festival that is exactly what you want. Our 1st
show of the day “The Miserables” was an unexpected triumph (see a previous review) and fortunately Apocalypse Cruise Ship
Love Affair was another successful choice.
It is in the comedy section but it could fit just as well in the musical section. We are on board a cruise ship, which had previously
suffered tragedy when the love of the Captain - Mandy -fell overboard. This is a very silly show. It starts silly, it continues silly
and ends silly. Silly is a tricky skill to master. It can easily get annoying but thanks to the talents of Beach Comet we are in good
hands and they perfectly tread the invisible silliness tightrope that doesn’t exist.
Vitally, the cast were uniformally excellent (though special mention must go to Joe McArdle as the Captain who produced a
stunning comic performance) so there was never a period when the audience wasn’t fully involved. Impressively, as well as
being genuinely funny they are good singers, singing good comedy songs.
The best compliment I can pay is that DARKCHATTERs David & Legs raved about this sho so much DARKCHATTER Phil re-arranged his schedule to see it while Legs watched it for the second time and still loved it.