Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Witch, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray.
Teenage witch Leah is conjuring up visions of the past. Her boyfriend Cal isn’t sure it’s a good idea – she’s dabbling with dark forces, cutting herself to supply the blood demanded by the spell.
Hundreds of years ago, her ancestor, Abbie, is a servant girl caught up in a wave of hysteria as a village is besieged by witchcraft…
The ambitions of Warwick University’s students are commendable. Writer-directors Matt Young and Jack Plummer have produced a show that has a lot of promise. This production features some cracking young performers, hurling themselves into an intense script, singing and dancing their hearts out… but things don’t quite gel into theatrical magic. While individual voices are mostly lovely, and the harmonies superb, the latter too often drown out the former. Plus, it’s never clear why Leah is obsessed with the events of years past, and an out-of-nowhere twist makes you wonder why she cares at all.
That said, when the songs of Chris Poon and Tom Slade can be made out, they work well. The direction is sharp, the dancing excellent and the villain joyfully evil. With some finessing, Witch could be a gem.
C Venues C (Venue 34) until 22 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 14 August 2015
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