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Nunsense Review

By Gordon Clayton - Posted on 23 August 2011

Show details
Tempo Productions
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Lynne Moyes (Director/Choreographer), Simon Hanson (Musical Director), James McCutcheon (Vocal director)
Norma Kinnear (Rev.Mother), Lesley Ward (Sister Mary Hubert), Gabrielle Pavone (Sister Mary Amnesia), Niloo-far Khan (Sister Robert Anne), Marie Beaver (Sister Mary Leo)

Tempo deserve earthly rewards for producing musical heaven in this five star show. From the inception with some audience participation, the cast have us in the palm of their collective hands.

The setting is a benefit concert to raise funds to bury the last four victims of the convent cook who managed to poison fifty odd nuns while our stars were away at a bingo convention. The Mother Superior misjudged the financial position and bought a 50” plasma TV prior to finalising the burials and has run out of money with the bodies in the freezer. Throw in every irreverent gag you can think of, about the catholic religion, and you get the picture.

The benefit concert to which we are the audience included a quiz on the lyrics of one of the songs with Sister Mary Amnesia brilliant dealing with the audience members.

The Mother Superior is superb throughout while her comic timing having snorted some interesting mixture was absolutely brilliant.

Sister Robert Anne is the most raucous of the Sisters and when she gets her chance really gets the crowd going. Sister Mary Hubert duet with the Mother Superior was only one of the many highlights. The frustrated dancer, Mary Leo has the last laugh by performing the Dying nun Ballet. Gabrielle Pavone as Sister Mary Amnesia reminded me not only in looks of Claire Sweeney but in talent.

This company may not get paid but everything about this show oozes professionalism. It is hard to find any fault with the quality of this production from the band, the sound system to the wonderful singing and slick choreography.

One of the things that often look lame in some productions is the gestures, but this, as in everything else this cast do, was out of the top drawer.

The Stockbridge venue is out on the fringe of the fringe but it is worth the short trip from the town centre. The world may come to Edinburgh in August but there are many local groups making a big contribution to the quality of the Fringe.

Runs to 27 August, 19:35

Tickets: £8 - £12