Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Bakewell Bakeoff, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray.
With ten million viewers for the latest series of BBC1’s Great British Bake-Off and sales of mixers soaring, this new musical hits the zeitgeist running. Set in the Derbyshire English village, it sees contestants in the annual baking contest vying to impress the judges.
The bakers include the local femme fatale, a neurotic nun, a baby lesbian boffin, a German transsexual and a Christmas obsessive, while the judges are three feuding professional bakers. As well as a signature bake, one contestant’s recipe will win EU Protected Geographical Status for the Bakewell tart.
There’s charm by the bucketload in this confection from Durham University Light Opera Group. The young cast sketch in their characters with enthusiasm – I think everyone in the audience fell for shy postman Freddie – nailing the mostly cheesy gags and selling the new tunes. Most of the songs, played by two talented keyboard folk, are pleasant, with those belonging to transgender Henrietta and the Anglo-Indian Dr Smith really rather good. And there’s a very sweet romance.
A couple of cast members could do with singing out a tad more but overall, Bakewell Bakeoff rises to the occasion.
C Venues (Venue 34) Until 22 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 13 August 2015
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