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Elf the Musical – Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Edinburgh

Director: Debbie King

Musical Director: Jack Bennett

Reviewer: Mark O’Neill

Christmas seems to be getting earlier and earlier each year and with just 119 sleeps to go, The Talentz (in the form of Santa and his elves) have landed in Nicolson Square and are checking the Naughty and Nice lists.

Returning to the Fringe following a sold-out run of Into the Woods in 2015, The Talentz are back with an exciting new production that will fill you with Christmas cheer.

Elf the Musical is a stage adaptation of the 2003 hit film, Elf. The show tells the story of Buddy, a human, who mistakenly finds himself in the North Pole. Soon after discovering that he is not an elf, Buddy heads to New York to find his father and thus unravels a whole host of Christmas chaos.

Owen Luckhurst, as Buddy, is a natural performer, his delivery is nigh on faultless throughout, his energy and glee infectious.

The adaptation is the perfect length for young children, it is uplifting and, although it’s only August, will leave you excited for Santa’s arrival. A clever script, although aimed at children, had both kids and adults kids rolling with laughter.This well-crafted adaptation is excellent fun, quick-paced, humorous and a joy to watch. Feel good festive fun despite the time of year.

Runs until 27 August 2016 | Image: Contributed

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