Before seeing Thor and Loki, you might think you know your Norse gods, but do they know themselves? This fun and energetic new musical written by Harry Blake is buzzing with wit and super slick comedy. The musically versatile cast of six work brilliantly together as an ensemble to create a show that left me grinning and giggling.
Unfortunately, the show took a song or two to warm up and get the audience on side. The opening number, preceded only by a rapid-fire voice over that did not quite succeed in getting me up to speed with some much-needed context, failing to set the tone the show eventually warmed into. The humour of the production truly began to make itself known at the entrance of Thor, whose undermining, soft monotone neatly cut through the highly energised and melodramatic characterisations of characters such as Odin, Heimdall and Loki.
“a show that left me grinning and giggling”
The characters are what really make this musical sing. Stand out moments for me included a beautiful recorder duet between Thor and Loki (not exactly what you’d expect from the god of thunder and shape-shifting mischief-maker) and a fairly spectacular meta-tap routine. The cast demonstrate their incredible versatility not only in their characterisations but in the variety of instruments they employ, ranging from the drums and keyboard to the cello and oboe.
Thor and Loki is a delightful afternoon’s entertainment; reminiscent of the West End hit Wicked in the way it twists the perspectives of a well-known relationship and explores the pressures of expectations and self-discovery. With some contextual reinforcement at the beginning to clarify the background to the narrative, this could be something really special. However, it remains a tremendously enjoyable, zany and savvy show, thoroughly worth watching.
Thor and Loki is currently playing everyday at Venue 139, Assembly Roxy -Upstairs at 7:15 pm. Tickets available here.
Image: Geraint Lewis
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