Mr Swallow: The Musical
Hysterically funny and relentlessly silly musical of Dracula
This article is from 2014.
With the unstoppable force of monstrous nature that is Mr Swallow having pretty much obliterated the competition in Nick Mohammed’s canon of characters, the next step was almost inevitable: starring in his own musical of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Not that he is fully in charge as there’s the irritating inconvenience of having a director and cast to negotiate with, but Swallow being Swallow, his squawking, self-righteous tuppenceworth will be shoved in at any given opportunity while his desire to be centre stage at all times becomes virtually insatiable.
All of which leads to clashes with his fellow thesps, notably Kieran Hodgson who makes an ideal Jonathan Harker and the house band whose leader is blasted by Swallow for being ‘about five!’ While it’s sometimes hard to decipher what anyone is singing, the story is so iconic that the gist is enough.
The main pleasures arrive when the text is wildly deviated from, Swallow halting proceedings to comment enthusiastically about the number he’s just performed or to order some Chinese food. Such a simple task becomes a mini-drama but this is nothing when compared to his inability to say the words ‘satsuma’ or ‘tech lady’. Hysterically funny and relentlessly silly in equal measure.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 24 Aug, 7pm, £11--£14 (£10--£13).