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Pool of Blood

Mad World Theatre
theSpace at Surgeon's Hall

This musical black comedy tells the story of a turn of an early 20th century music hall where the manager runs a secret trade in body-snatching.

Little known is that everyone in the company has their own agenda and an axe or two to grind, and the wealthy financier has his own dark and strange designs on the place.

It's always a relief to see a performance that aims high and yet still remembers not to take itself too seriously. Mad World Theatre has transformed the main stage of Surgeon's Hall into a whirligig of fun where the music comes thick and fast and there are moment of great slapstick humour as well as puns that vary from the sublime to the downright terrible.

The production, while not completely polished, was still leaps and bounds beyond a lot of the usual Fringe fare for new musicals.

Reviewer: Graeme Strachan