The Edinburgh Fringe
Fringe 2005 Reviews (39)
This show's teaser claims "No show hits harder than the socially blasphemous Forbidden." Well, yes and no.
Forbidden has the questionable distinction of being the worst, vilest thing ever to be staged in any venue - anywhere. This production begs the question, shouldn't there be some sort of minimum standard that must be met? And not just at Holyrood, not just on the Fringe.
In my considerable history in the theatre, this product combines the worst of everything I have experienced or could imagine exsisting - and surpasses it.
Artistically, Forbidden has no merit. It is so badly conceived and written, acted, directed, and produced that I'm embarrassed for those who are attached to it and participate in it. I am amazed that it managed to get this far.
Although there is no plot to be found anywhere, it espouses, promulgates - no, spews its bile for shock value only. Sure, we have all heard our share of "dirty" words applied to sex (nothing new here), and the illogical defense for sexism and bigotry, and the total lack of humanity we assign to criminally insane; but not all in one place, in so short a period of time, and with nothing else to support or defend its existance; worst, promoting itself as theatre. This is not theatre. This is not art.
Shame on everyone involved in this project. It speaks badly of the Holyrood Tavern for allowing this production to continue.
The chair of Youth Music Theatre:UK says their aim is all about providing rewarding experiences for young people. What could be more rewarding for them than Goblin Market, a musical treat Youth Music Theatre:UK have brought to Edinburgh.
Goblin Market tells the story of two young sisters, Laura and Lizzie, who are tempted with deadly forbidden fruit by Goblins who dwell in the nearby forest. A story that is based on a poem first published back in 1862 by Victorian poet Cristina Rossetti. Goblin does have an air of Brothers Grimm about it but has its own unique charm, wit and a dark haunting style.
Conor Mitchell delivers a great score played with great power by a nine-piece orchestra. His score at times did remind me of the music of Stephen Swartz, not least by its stand out song being Day by Day. However it is a score that, along with the book and lyrics by Kath Burlinson, compliments a great fairytale.
Within a large young cast (so young you won't believe!) is an outstanding performance from Tara Wilcox (Laura). She is superb as the weak-minded sister tempted by the goblins. She wows with a voice that could rival any top female West End star and has the presence to match. Her great performance is well supported by a strong voiced energetic cast.
The choreography by director Kath Burlinson was basic and at times looked very cramped. This is caused by the insistence of using the full ensemble to fill the stage in all the chorus numbers, thus making them fight for space rather than them dancing and moving with freedom.
Goblin Market is a good example that there is great musical theatre shows waiting to be discovered, rather than the current trend of using a pop stars' back catalogues of songs wrapped in a weak plot! This is a lovely musical fairytale - let's hope more people discover it!
Being a huge Martial Arts fan I knew Yin-Yang was a must see show for me. The show makes a lot of promises such Yin-Yang includes Korean Martial Arts Grand Masters! and breathe taking techniques. My expectations where high, so high I prayed they did not disappoint. My lord, they did so not disappoint me!
Mu Mu Productions was founded by artistic director Woo Jae-Hyeon, the director of Yin-Yang. He is also the prinipal dancer with the Korean National Dance Company. On there first visit to Europe Mu Mu Productions have brought a piece filled with dance, spiritualism, beautiful art work, martial arts and death defying stunts featuring six women a four men.
We are taken on a ride with so much going on you must see it to believe it. This ride had a full audience on the edge of their seats, their hearts where pounding, their mouths were open and at points their hearts where stopping. It features more beautiful balletic action than any Martial Arts movie youll ever see.
Yin-Yang was more than I could have hoped for, I left with my heart still pounding and on top of the world. This show is simply a beautiful jaw-dropping spectacle, I beg every person to go see it now!