The Freckles Effect

Mel Lawman, Matt Finch, Owain Coleman and Tom Cory

Triple Dare Musical Productions

Greenside @ Nicolson Square

From 06 August 2016 to 13 August 2016

Rating: *****

Review by Robin Strapp

Triple Dare Musical Theatre Productions makes its first visit to the Fringe with this exuberant new musical The Freckles Effect.

This young company, aged 8 to 21, punch way above their weight with energetic performances, skilful inventive choreography and powerful ensemble work and they perform with zest and panache, quite a remarkable achievement.

It is set in the 1930s in the South Devon coastal town of Bighbury-on-Sea opposite the famous Burgh Island and its renowned art deco hotel where King Edward and Mrs Simpson stayed.

Daisy Hickmore gives a tour de force performance as Anne Drew, the red-haired, freckled, feisty child who is desperate to find foster parents, although her outspoken honesty and imagination makes her difficult to place.

The conservative townsfolk are suspicious of this “different” stranger. She has difficulty being accepted by her school peers and is bullied but her tenacity and sheer sense of adventure wins through in the end.

There is so much to enjoy in this stylish musical from the vibrant score with catchy songs, rousing chorus numbers, ballads and splendid solo numbers to highly accomplished tap dancing by Marcus May as the teacher, Mr Stacey, who sees the potential of Anne.

But will she choose the offer of a place at a boarding school for the gifted children or will an unexpected gift bring a new beginning for her?

These highly talented youngsters perform with flair and charisma and sing beautifully.

It is not often that you find such an unexpected little gem at the Fringe, but this is a sure-fire hit that you simply must see.