Inheritance Blues (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Inheritance Blues

Devised comedy based around blues cover band almost hits the mark

You don't have to dig deep to see just how talented DugOut Theatre company is. Inheritance Blues revolves around blues cover band, Hot Air Ballues, who not only create rich music together but also share some cracking chemistry. I've no doubt this company will one day be the toast of the Fringe but this devised comedy doesn't quite hit the mark.

There's much to celebrate here. The band members weave their jokes and music together with great skill, as if their words were part of the score. The characters are nicely amped up and zen percussionist, Champagne (Harry Williams), has some cracking one-liners, such as, 'The ground is all the air we need.'

These segments are so slick that one senses some rigorous direction from George Chilcott. It's a tough act to follow and the straight play that runs alongside feels limp in comparison. As the story crescendos and the music dims, the show loses its sparkle. A little more tweaking required but there are blue skies ahead for this fine company.

Bedlam Theatre, 225 9893, until 25 Aug, 10.30pm, £8 (£7).

DugOut Theatre's Inheritance Blues

  • 3 stars

DugOut Theatre returns with NSDF12-ISDF selected Inheritance Blues, directed by George Chilcott (Director’s Guild Award, NSDF11), a devised play about familial debt, heavy drinking, decade-old rivalries and a blues cover band. Join The Hot Air Ballues for a night of storytelling, live music, a cappella singing…