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Hannah's Edinburgh Fringe 2017
in
Frigid - a Musical Worth Melting For

Greenside, Infirmary Street (Venue 236)
18:25 until 19th August

Do you want to see a show... man? Returning after their sell-out 2016 Fringe run, Napier University Drama Society presents an all-singing, all-dancing, original parody of Frozen and the Disney universe! Accompanied by a live band, follow Grandpa Tam's story of Ellie and Annie as they navigate through well-known lands, meet familiar faces and get involved in a turf war or two. It promises to be a story so great, you won't be able to let it go.

On the Royal Mile - previews
(Hannah is third from the right)

Publicity shot
(Hannah is on the left)

Reviews are in:

... I also caught Napier University Drama Society's Disney homage, Frigid: A Musical Worth Melting For (at Greenside on Infirmary Street). This manages to make being rough around the edges a virtue by sending it up so much, while packing the script with meta theatre jokes and plays on words galore. Great fun.
Steve Johnson: Theatreboard

The fast-moving story opens with Grandpa Tam in his care home telling of Ellie and Annie navigating through well-known lands with more Disney parodies than I could ever appreciate, but can still get carried along with. We meet the Princess, so grand “her ponies have ponies”, who is captured by two drag queen baddies and locked in a prop cage which they comically refer to as the “Nicolas” cage. The cage character duets with Annie with just solo piano to great effect, worthy of any musical. We hear Senga ‘choose life’ and Rapella responding to a rap challenge. This piece is a highlight showing her character skills and responding to the boys. Original musical theatre songs do follow a template and here we have no exceptions. Competently produced by the live musicians we get the ballads, the over the top show songs and an ensemble piece fabulously choreographed with the whole cast in sync on stage and belting it out. A huge cast – I counted 14 on stage, plus musicians and an even bigger team of techies, production crew and media staff – makes this the success it is with sold out performances. Actors with convincing US accents, well projected vocals (no radio mics) and confident performance throughout results in another triumph for NUDS.
John Murray, Broadway Baby

Grandpa Tam is visited by his granddaughter Peregrine/Perry and he relates a story to her, claiming to have shared time with Walt Disney on the golf course. Not only a parody of Frozen, this piece treads on the toes of practically every Disney Princess, ably assisted by ‘Reservoir Dwarves’. In this fairy kingdom, it is incumbent that all residents sing. More than that, they must sing in praise of the ruling princesses: Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Enter ‘Ellie and Annie’ the Frozen princesses who vow to change this state of affairs. Annie is particularly strong with the strong core of truth in her character and is seen as a genuine threat. She’s sent off to prison, where she is held in the ‘Nicolas Cage’, of course. One of the strongest performances is ‘Senga the Brave’ – a red-haired Irn Bru-drinking bundle of energy whose Trainspotting monologue section is genius. The music is bouncy and has a nice variety and range – great musicianship in the onstage band. The book is a bit on the loose side and could do with being more concise and focused. This show was under pressure given last year’s One Musical to Rule Them All being a sell-out success. Frigid doesn’t quite reach the heights of last year, but there are skills in writing and performance that shine through. A more balanced show could have been delivered here – perhaps with Grandpa Tam and Perry as observers/commentators on the unfolding story? Congratulations on a witty show with a refreshing Scottish angle.
Fiona Orr, Musical Theatre Review

Having seen their hilarious Lord of the Rings musical last year, I had high expectations for this show. Not only did the show meet those expectations, it exceeded them. They took everything we love about Disney and turned it into an absolute hoot. There were moments that genuinely had me crying with laughter. The music and dancing were very well choreographed, the writing was brilliantly sharp and clever, and the actors all embraced their roles with gleeful silliness. From the cheeky Disney jokes and hilariously terrible puns to the brilliant use of pop culture references, the show was brimming with wit. Absolutely loved it. A must-see at this year's Fringe, especially if you're a Disney fan. Brilliant!
David Martin, Edfringe

... the heart of the show is innocent and pure while still managing to keep in a few jokes for the parents. The song are slick and catchy too, leaving you humming "welcome to our town" until you head off to bed. The choreography was extremely well done, especially within the evil princess song. Good job all.
Colin Tweedie

A glorious hour spent in the company of a horde of Disney parodies, played with skill and affection by this talented amateur cast. Cinders, Snowy and Borealice play the wicked princesses gleefully, while Senga, the Scottish princess, adds more than a little local colour. Calum Rosie, as Grandpa Tam, whose ideas Disney had stolen, of course, has great fun with his character, as does Stuart Tweedie as Ocry the Snowman (not to be confused with Olaf: geddit?) and as Prince Disarming. The songs are catchy and well performed with excellent harmonies throughout, supported by a very competent band. Choreography is good and clearly very well rehearsed. This cast obviously enjoy what they do: and so will you!
Martin Nicholls

... the audience was appreciative with some whoops of joy at the end ... friends, fellow students and family enjoyed this romp but visitors to this country would be bemused! ... It started brightly with a catchy song and there were a few numbers and performances that caught the eye. The singing and backing music was also good and it may well be funny for children and easily pleased Adults.
Gordon Clayton, EdinburghGuide

But Bethan Highgate-Betts, writing on "threeweeksedinburgh.com", just didn't agree with the rest:
A musical parody based on the modern Disney classics ‘Frozen’, ‘Brave’ and ‘Tangled’ - definitely not ‘The Princess and the Frog’ though, because she married a frog (yuck!). The whole production feels like a conversation had by a group of friends in the early hours of the morning, one that started “wouldn’t it be funny if…” and didn’t really go much further from there ... It’s underwhelming from the start, with lacklustre performances and the occasional topical joke.
Well, you can't win them all and maybe the clever bits that others saw and reported in their reviews were less evident that night! Or maybe Ms Highgate-Betts is ranidaphobic or perhaps just doesn't like people taking the rise out of Disney.