Reviewer: Mark O’Neill
Crapappella is most certainly not your standard a cappella show. Do not be fooled by the name, however – this show is certainly not crap. This latest production by the Queen Mary Theatre Company is comical, creative and chaotic.
Bringing four shows to the Fringe this year, the Company are ready to entertain and Crapappella does not disappoint. Crapappella is an all-singing, all-dancing and altogether chaotic performance featuring original songs that are very cleverly written.
Using a slapstick approach – not too dissimilar to the style of The Play That Goes Wrong’, Crapappella illustrates everything and anything that could go wrong with a live performance. Original hits including Diarrhoea, The Comic Sans Song and Ballad to Beige are skilfully written and have the audience laughing from beginning to end.
All eight performers in the group are extremely talented – both in a vocal and comedic sense. Georgia Mae Wilkinson’s facial expressions are first class and enhance the whole production. Becky Rourke, without a doubt, steals the show with her comic timing, exaggerated facial expressions and off the cuff remarks. Rourke is a Rebel Wilson in the making.
Your jaws with ache from laughter, and although some of the sketches are long-winded and lose their meaning very quickly, this does not detract from the overall performance – there’s something here for everyone.
Crapappella is fun, full of laughs and, at points, filthy. Chaotic comedy at its finest.
Runs until 27 August 2016