Pot Noodle The Musical (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Pot Noodle The Musical

Song and spoofs about the saucy snack

With unexpected Hamlet undertones, Pot Noodle The Musical spins the story of the dastardly Alan Little, who kills his noodle-farmer brother Barry in order to get his mitts on prostitutes and cars. The plot is a happy blend of clichéd musical (Barry's beautiful daughter Sandy plotting to overpower her evil uncle) and sumptuous farce. A slow beginning gives way to a tightly packed and beautifully timed hour of song and spoof. The strength of the lyrics lies in their surprises: sperm donation and bestiality both make an appearance to the tunes of happy-go-lucky ballads that sound as if they've been lifted straight from a West End score. The disappointed patron I heard requesting a soundtrack will not be the last.

Proving themselves as adept improvisers, the cast rejoice in the tipsy interjections from the audience, successfully building them into running jokes. As the audience giggles beneath a swinging spaghetti-like back-curtain, the resounding message is to ignore the health warnings: Pot Noodles are great Saturday-night fodder.

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 25 Aug (not 11, 18), 10.30pm, £11–£12 (£9.50–£10.50).

Pot Noodle the Musical

  • 4 stars

Corporate-sponsored spoof may contain traces of comedy songs and silliness. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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