Music review: The Craft of the Cooper
Music review: The Craft of the Cooper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Craft of the Cooper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★ Martin Luther King came to Memphis in the final weeks of his life to support the city’s striking sanitation workers, and his calmly issued call for real wages for all in a wealthy country still resonates today. However, …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Craft of the Cooper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd.

Martin Luther King came to Memphis in the final weeks of his life to support the city’s striking sanitation workers, and his calmly issued call for real wages for all in a wealthy country still resonates today.

However, after setting up this potentially interesting backdrop, The Craft of the Cooper quickly descends into clichéd melodrama involving poor, honest working folks, cardboard villains, family secrets, fortuitous coincidences, deathbed reunions and a gay prison love story subplot, set to a horrible synthetic pre-recorded backing track and mawkish tunes which do a disservice to the home of Stax Records and Sun Studios.

C Cubed (Venue 50) until 31 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015

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