Theatre review: Avenue Q

Avenue Q - Rachel Jerram and 'Lucy the Slut' in Avenue Q Picture: Nick Spratling
Avenue Q - Rachel Jerram and 'Lucy the Slut' in Avenue Q Picture: Nick Spratling
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AT Assembly Hall on The Mound, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland acquit themselves well in Avenue Q. Their timing is spot on, they have the right energy and attitude to pull off the show’s numerous cheesy gags and the ensemble provide pleasing performances all round.

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Assembly Hall on The Mound

It’s just the sort of escapist tonic a weary Fringe-goer needs after weeks of half-hearted Hamlets and meaningful debates over the future of publishing in sweaty book fest tents.

In fact, they make it look so easy, breezy and effortless that one can’t help but wonder if maybe they shouldn’t have taken on more of a challenge, pushed the envelope a little further.

The direction is centred bang in the middle of a large stage, which is disappointing when they have so much room to work with. The choreography was understated to the point of being almost nonexistent for such a large and invested cast.

The show’s layout and presentation mirrored almost exactly the professional touring version, which felt somewhat like a missed opportunity to bring something new to the table.

The live orchestra, stage and technical crew did a beautiful job in a venue with such a short set-up time, an oft overlooked aspect of Fringe production.

Until 26 August