Buried – A New Musical – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – C too

Buried: A New Musical continues at C too until 28 August.

Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

As in recent years, there is many a take on the dating game in Fringe 2017.

This show, by Tom Williams and Cordelia O’Driscoll, is a whole other level of weird! We see an alluring brunette charming and stunning her dates… Literally.

A serial poisoner, she gets her thrills from poisoning her dates before adding them to her specially fertile veg patch. Until she meets her match – a perfect match who is on the verge of disposing her. If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a poisoner dates a slasher, kill for a ticket!

Neither Rose (Lindsay Manion) nor Harry (Sebastian Belli) feel fear of each other, or even what they do, echoing each other’’s feelings in a great duet singing: “Just like me/My story in another body.”

Delicious harmonies and counterpoint, backed by a five-piece band, the comedy builds as Harry and Rose build a back story for their growing relationship. The supporting cast is excellent, providing the parade of victims and a rather clever piece of television.

When the couple heads out on the road, cruising for hitchhikers, the music becomes increasingly dissonant.

Their relationship becomes something Harry begins to care about, making him more cautious; Rose is increasingly reckless and longs to do one more murder alone…

Buried is something we are all looking for – one of those nuggets that is waiting to be found.

Fiona Orr

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