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Review: Re-Animator the Musical

I went to see this on it’s opening night at the Edinburgh Festival and enjoyed it so much I went back a week later! 

Although it features both a small cast and a fairly minimal stage set you leave feeling you have seen a big show. The cast are all so good it would be hard to single any one performance out and everything is delivered with energy and enthusiasm.

Provided you like your humor black and aren’t to squeemish it is absolutely hilarious – the front three rows being a gore splash zone is a particularly brilliant idea. Also, although there is a lot of extra joy to be had for those who have seen the film I doubt it’s necessary to enjoy the show.

The props maintain a suitably shlockly aesthetic but that conceals some incredibly sharp and sophisticated effects. One slight of hand (or should I say head) I still couldn’t spot the second time even when I knew it was coming..

All, in all I can’t recommend this highly enough. It’s still on until the 27th, so get along and see it if you can.

All words by Susan Sloan.