Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Quentin Dentin Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd.
This is a very odd musical and it doesn’t come off all the time, but that already puts it a neck ahead of many of the insipid rival offerings on the Fringe.
As does its full live band, the droog-like Jimmy Getaway who provide a jerky, loungey novelty New Wave soundtrack to the bizarre proceedings, while two similarly attired backing singers provide wilfully weird interpretive dances and deadpan vocal interventions, like one of those few-hit wonders you might have seen on Top of the Pops circa 1980.
And this is before we meet Quentin Dentin, the oddball blonde life coach who suddenly manifests to “help” normal, likeable, coasting couple Keith and Nat sort out their OK but unfulfilling lives in the style of a slick but silly gameshow.
The ensuing satire on the living-my-dream culture of reality TV walks the thin line between pleasingly eccentric and wilfully quirky, before drawing a pretty standard conclusion about being appreciative of what you’ve got.
But at least the game cast have fun getting there, while the audience gets some nervous laughs courtesy of the unsettling Quentin.
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