Life is very hard, but not quite as hard as student life is; deadlines are never-ending, sobriety is non-existent and academic liberation is teetering on a precipice. This is the resounding takeaway message of The Fear, a moreish new musical by Thomas Carswell, Christopher Pope and Calum Pearce at the C Aquila Studio.
“The songs are neat Larson-esque pastiches and its self-referential dialogue is delightfully irreverent”
But if there is anything to be feared in this piece, it is the self-inflicted toils of Sam, Ash and Ferg that we are privy to; Sam avoids every opportunity to start her dissertation, Ash neglects his liver and pet hamster (Arthur Schopenhauer) with equal measure, and Ferg struggles to maintain a relationship. These minor tribulations are seemingly endemic to the university experience (with the exception of the hamster, perhaps); something we fellow varsity folk have also, willingly or unwillingly, subjected ourselves to.
The Fear is, ultimately, a charmingly comic piece with a three-strong cast (all worthy of a mention; Anna Toogood, James Ward-Mallinson and Tom Carswell), and a four-strong band; the songs are neat Larson-esque pastiches and its self-referential dialogue is delightfully irreverent. It prods and pokes us in what is an enjoyable, entertaining evening. Here’s hoping that life beyond the mortarboard for Sam, Ash and Ferg (and all of us, for that matter) is a doddle.
The Fear is performing at C Venues C Aquila at 23:10 until 27th August, tickets can be purchased here.
Image: Manchester Musical Revue
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