Hannah's Edinburgh Fringe
Street (Venue 236)
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.
Reviews are in:
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.
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.
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. Shes 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 years One Musical to Rule Them All being
a sell-out success. Frigid doesnt 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Bethan Highgate-Betts, writing on
"threeweeksedinburgh.com", just didn't agree
with the rest: