City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Pistol & Jack - Smash. Glam. Sex. Music. Review


By JD Stewart - Posted on 08 August 2011

Mash up or mess? Pistol & Jack
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Show details
Company: 
Racked Collective
Running time: 
50mins
Performers: 
Pistol & Jack

The Assembley Rooms have moved, albeit from George Street to George Square – nice that the point of reference is still trying to stay intact – and it is not very well sign posted. After going up and down, into the garden and out I finally found Assembly Three. Let’s hope that more signage is filtered over there for the rest of the month.

As someone who was brought up to be taught to always find the good in everything, I find it difficult to be mean. I have also performed on stage numerous times and know how difficult it is. Pistol & Jack does not know what it wants to be.

Dressed in electric blue, in a number of forms, the two leads opened the show mixing up pop songs with rock songs, with Pistol proclaiming that it was a: ‘Mash, glam, rock musical’ I enjoyed the mixing of the songs and the two leads – clearly talented singers and Jack a talented guitarist – were full of enthusiasm. Both seemed to emerse themselves into the two characters they were trying to portray, even at times when it all just became confusing.

I said that it didn’t know what it wants to be and I think, that part of the two leads, possibly feel the same. Switching from musical numbers that mash and mix well known songs, to comedy sparring and a blanket of serious that seemed completely out of place. As a viewer, I felt more up and down than when I went on the Saw ride at Thorpe Park.

I did feel that there was potential for this to mind-blowing, but just not yet. Somebody needs to sit with Pistol and Jack and ask them what they want to do and what they want this show to be. In doing this, the final impact would be nothing short of greatness, rather than just burning out.

Times: Aug 6-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 @ 21:20; £12:00 (£10:00) Aug 8-11, 15, 17-18, 22, 24-25 @ 21:20.

Tickets: £10:00 (£8:00)