If the Fringe is fraught with new musical theatre, it is also full of fish. At least, it is at The Oak Hall at Carrubbers Christian Centre, where a new actor-musician musical The Fisherman’s Tale, by 4Front Theatre, is playing to packed-out punters. It tells the story of Simon (of the twelve disciples fame) and how he, along with Andrew, James and John, caught more fish than anticipated after casting their fishing nets wide. It is the divine intervention of a stranger (Jesus) who propels this familiar parable about loyalty and compassion to us, who, when not embodied by the entire cast, is symbolised through a nautically and ‘spiritually’ apt lifesaving buoy.
“Its songs are heartwarming, life-affirming foot-stompers”
But this ‘yet another’ actor-musician show is not to be pooh-poohed; its five-strong cast are not only first rate actors, but virtuosic multi-instrumentalists, passing from one to another tin whistles, guitars, an accordion and a double bass (to mention just a few) with as supple dexterity as their playing. The score itself (the hearty, wholesome jewel in the piece’s crown) is folk-centric, more Anglicised than Mediterranean. Its tongue-in-cheek lyrics and melodically reminiscent sea shanties and ditties guide us fellow Galileans through its well-trodden narrative.
Deftly crafted, The Fisherman’s Tail is, in addition to its educative purpose (for those with or without religious affiliations I hasten to add), a dramatically sound piece. Its songs are heartwarming, life-affirming foot-stompers, and its cast excels in captivating the audience.
Fisherman’s Tail is playing at Carrubbers, The Oak Hall from Aug 20th – 25th. Tickets can be purchased here.
Image: 4Front Theatre
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