Reviewed by Lynsey Miller
Directed by Cresssida Carre, Avenue Q is a tongue in cheek musical about a street where humans and monsters all live amongst one another. But like any good street each character has their own issues. Whether it be trying to find purpose, following their dreams, or struggling with their identity, in true musical fashion the story is told through a fantastic collection of songs. However, in this cheeky production the songs are not for the easily offended.
This full of fun production touches on a variety of topics such as race and sexuality in a crude yet light-hearted and comical way. And because of the unusual script and cast, and very cleaver song writing has not only got away with saying things we would normally feel uncomfortable with but also received huge laughs to these usually sensitive issues.
The cast especially the puppeteers were amazing. They brought real life and character to the puppets. Cecily Redman was fabulous as my personal favourite, Kate Monster. Cecily has a beautiful voice and brought a real gentleness to the character. Watching the story between her and Princeton (Lawrence Smith) evolve was a nice touch. And Trekkie Monster (Tom Steedon) was a hoot and hysterically inappropriate throughout.
Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre is a traditional small theatre with a very welcoming atmosphere and friendly helpful staff. It is located in the city centre so is easily accessible by public transport but is also surrounded by on street parking. It has a couple of small bars perfect for a pre-theatre or interval drinks. And has a huge variety of restaurants and bars for food and drink pre and post show.
I had a fantastic evening and was sore with laughter by the end. I will never watch a puppet show and not think fondly of this talented bunch again. Definitely one for the adults and big kids amongst us that are not easily offended. A well-deserved 5 out of 5 stars.
Tickets cost from £24.50 to £34.50 (booking fees may apply).
Avenue Q is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 27 May to 1 June 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.capitaltheatres.com or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000