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RENT - Edinburgh Fringe Review (Edinburgh University Footlights)

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Photo credits: Edinburgh University Footlights


I'd never seen or listened to RENT before going to this production. Sure, I knew "Seasons of Love" but that's essentially the same as liking oxygen if you're involved with anything vaguely related to theatre.

Something needs to be said for the casting. RENT is one of the very few musicals that I've ever seen account for lead male bass parts. Two of the bass characters were played by obvious tenors. I thought this was a shame as bass parts are so rare. This is not a comment on the quality of the actors, rather on the roles they were cast in. There were moments, like for Fraser Mycroft's "Tom" at Angel's Funeral, where his incredible voice shone through, but for the most part, he was not given the opportunity. Gordon Stackhouse as "Angel" was also great but perhaps the writing wasn't perfect for his voice at times.

Imogen Challen stood out as "Maureen". Her performance was wo…

McNaughton - Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Review (Jason Harvey)

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Photo credit: Jason Harvey
I'd never been to a one man play before "McNaughton". I'd been to lots of stand up, but this was my first ever one man play. It was a monologue that lasted over an hour. How Jason Harvey managed to learn that monologue is beyond me. It was truly a sight to behold.

I live in Edinburgh, and despite this, I felt the accent a little tough to understand, but my criticisms for the piece stop here, other than some of the tech being slightly jarring. That may have been intentional to show the insanity of McNaughton but I really couldn't tell.

Harvey's performance was just unbelievable. My only criticism would be that his accent was potentially a tad too strong, but I do understand that it was character and era appropriate. With that said, I live in Edinburgh and I did struggle to understand such a thick Scottish accent.

As someone interested in law, I found the story absolutely enthralling. It's a tale that definitely should be famous, bu…