Review: Road to Qatar

The Road to Qatar. Pic: Comp

The Road to Qatar. Pic: Comp

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STRANGER things happen in everyday life than ever find their way onto the stage. In this case, the stage of C Too, at St Columba’s by the Castle.

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Two beleaguered gents have decided to recount their story through the medium of musical theatre. The Road to Qatar is billed as the ‘true’ story of two gay New York Jews who find themselves held prisoner in a luxury hotel while they write a musical for the Emir of Qatar.

Only names have been changed, to protect people’s identities.

It’s certainly a light-hearted romp through the Middle East and a nice little parable about trusting a dodgy fixer in Dubai to pay you. Yet The Road to Qatar never quite takes off.

It’s an amusing anecdote to tell your friends and family but as a musical, none of the songs, scenes or melodies have enough bite to be memorable.

The ensemble are capable and put in amusing turns.

There’s the odd laugh for an enthusiastic audience but the humour sometimes strays from funny to stereotyping.

Frankly, some of us have stranger experiences nipping to the corner shop for a pint of milk, but then, in August in Edinburgh anything can happen.

Until 26 August