Of all the things to make a musical about, a humble lock and shoe shop surely comes near the bottom of the list. Gigglemug’s Timpson: The Musical takes a refreshing break from the endless Fringe musicals about Brexit, Trump and imminent world destruction to tell a small-town story about a shoemaker, a keymaker and two writers in overly tight leotards.
“sharp, catchy and well-executed”
Gigglemug Theatre have created a rather bizarre combination of genres. Timpson: The Musical seems to be a meta-farcical-comedy-romance-parody musical, executed with a knowing glint in the eye. That isn’t to undermine the production value of the musical however. Leading performers Rob Madge and Sabrina Messer display immense talent in executing well-written numbers which will still be spinning around your head hours after the curtain falls. Perhaps then, it is impressive that the production is so firmly tongue-in-cheek, refusing to take itself seriously, encouraging anarchy at every turn. After all, it does seem that co-writer-director-performers Sam Cochrane and Chris Baker are on a mission to make their cast break character, notching up the absurdity scene-by-scene until inevitable chaos commences. The result is a show which is absolutely ridiculous, and yet utterly hilarious.
To even consider talking about Timpson: The Musical in a serious manner seems completely against its whole ethos. Luckily, there are only good things to be said. Doug Cairns’ set design is clever in its design, with the two central wagons proving compact but gorgeous in their conception. Additionally, Theo Caplan and Tom Slade’s musical composition is sharp, catchy and well-executed by a tight, talented band who sound remarkably grand for a simple three-man set-up.
As an hour-long show, Timpson: The Musical, is a refreshing bite of light entertainment, excelling in both comedic and musical departments. Gigglemug Theatre’s next challenge will be to expand into full-length musicals while keeping the formula fresh and interesting. What could possibly follow-up Timpson I have no idea, but I can’t wait to see it.
Timpson: The Musical is playing at C Venues (Venue 34) Aug 8-12, 14-27 at 5:10 pm. Tickets available here.
Image: Gigglemug Theatre
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