Bon the Musical (1 star)

This article is from 2018

Fringe review.

Fails to deliver a promising musical

There's an obvious story arc to the life of Bon Scott (singer with AC/DC when they first broke from the underground). The rise to stardom, the parties, the drinking, the price of fame and his tragic early death in 1980 all form a clear plot line. Plus, the Bon Scott-era of AC/DC's back catalogue is chock full of hits which should make a jukebox musical a slam dunk. However Fife's Kingdom Theatre Company fumbles the ball badly.

You can forgive a few fluffed lines and technical glitches on opening night, but Bon is a shambles. Under rehearsed, the cast often look confused and scenes last for five minutes before they aimlessly wander off stage. The dialogue is repetitive and we never witness any major events – instead actors just state what has happened. Even if all of this was tightened up there's still a complete lack of narrative structure, with seemingly random events chosen as highlights before it just ends abruptly.

When they hit the songs they are on surer ground. Linton Osborne, who used to front Scots hard rockers Nazareth and admits he's 'a better singer than actor', has a great rock voice (and it's hard not to enjoy 'Highway to Hell' in any setting). However for a musical there just isn't enough music. Imagine Mamma Mia! run through a meat grinder: Bon is a bloody mess.

Greenside @ Nicolson Square, until 25 Aug (not 12 & 19), 8.45pm, £12 (£10; family £40)

Bon the Musical

  • 1 star

Kingdom Theatre Company Born in Scotland, Bon Scott emigrated to Australia and joined rock band AC/DC to become a legend. Starring ex-Nazareth vocalist Linton Osborne as Bon, we recall the trials and the triumphs with new, original songs by Willie Logan, along with some Bon classics performed live. We eavesdrop backstage…