O’Neill (Tina), Dave Marken (Brad), Philip Raymond (Chad),
Julian Silverman (Gideon), Stephen Emery (Old Man), Chazz Redhead
(Developer), Mark Nathan (Jimmy), Katriona Perrett (Naomi), Charlotte Debattista (Tiffany), Seánna O’Neill (Tina), Dave Marken (Brad), Philip Raymond (Chad), Julian Silverman (Gideon), Stephen Emery (Old Man), Chazz Redhead (Developer), Mark Nathan (Jimmy)
While Riptide the Slasher musical has some good numbers and some strong performances from an excellent cast the body count managed in 60 minutes out-numbers one of the famed crime novels set in the capital.
It’s Spring Break, the subject of many a film and novel and the motley crew are heading for Innocent beach. Two of the guys, Brad (Dave Marken) and Chad (Philip Raymond) are hardly the type you would want to go out with your daughter plus the geeky Gideon who has some human compassion.
All the females put in powerful shifts, Katriona Perrett, Charlotte Debattista and Seánna O’Neill as Naomi, Tiffany and Tina/Mary.
The show opens impressively, with a conversation between developers (Chazz Redhead) and (Stephen Emery). Stephen goes on to convincingly play a randy garage owner looking for some action with the young people down for the infamous spring break. The choreography is good but at times people just disappear until body parts arrive on stage.
The show has a lot going for it but like so many new musicals that debut at the Fringe the writers need to rework the piece into a show with substance.
Runs to 24th, 7.40pm
Tickets £7.50 (£7)