The Miserables – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Just the Tonic at The Caves

2016MISERAB_JFThe Miserables at Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88), until 28 August.

Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩

The plot for this show uses the device of one girl leaving and a new girl just starting. One dreams a dream (yes, really) of a life away from this place and her boss. The new girl is a Tinder addict whose career falls short of her capabilities. The boss is possibly best described as a ‘third wheel’.

Using a backing track of the Les Misérables score, the dull world of flooring sales is set to music.

Some adaptations are more successful than others: ‘Lovely Ladies’ becomes ‘sec-re-taries’ which scans pretty well; ‘Master of the House’ a bit less successful as ‘general manager’. Both work better than ‘Do you hear the bosses ‘we’?’

I can imagine this would be fun for people working together to come and see. As a standalone show, there are some good vocal performances: ‘A Little Fall of Rain’ is sung well, for example, but the originality is stifled at almost every turn. The cast has stronger talent than this show allows them to exploit.

Fiona Orr

Master Productions

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