Saturday, 10 August 2013

Edinburgh Review: The Road to Qatar at C venues (C too)

The Road to Qatar
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
C venues (C too)
Reviewed on Friday 9th August 2013

As I arrived at the theatre to see The Road to Qatar I realised that I didn't actually know anything about the production, so just before I went in I read the following blurb:

"Two gay New York Jewish writers are commissioned to do the impossible: write a gargantuan Broadway musical for the Emir of Qatar featuring 100 British actors, 30 Qatari camels, 20 Arabian stallions, 17 fire-eating Croatian acrobats, 30 Russian ballet dancers, five falcons and Muhammad Ali. What can possibly happen? Musical Comedy breaks out in the Middle East! Unbelievable side-splitting surprises abound as the New York Jews travel from NYC to Dubai, London, Bratislava as they sing and dance their hilarious way on The Road to Qatar! Aloha Doha - you couldn't make it up!"

I was a little taken aback and did not have a clue what to expect - if done badly the musical would be a disaster, but thankfully The Road to Qatar is hysterical and totally bizarre, in fact I am still trying to find the right word to describe it. After seeing two dark, more serious shows beforehand, it was an utter delight to see such a fun, light hearted piece of theatre. The space is fantastic and the seating is very comfortable. The Road to Qatar is rude, offensive and I loved it!

The cast are clearly passionate about the piece and go full out in every single scene. All five cast members are very talented comedy actors, some play multiple roles and show great versatility. The score is very lyric driven and cleverly written. The production is very simple, with little set and few props, but it’s all part of the fun. If you're open minded (and not easily offended) and looking for an hour of pure escapism, The Road to Qatar is the show for you.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

You can see The Road to Qatar daily at C venues (C too) at 19.20 until 26th August 2013.

Photo Credit: John Roberts

1 comment:

  1. I went to two events during the opening nights festival. We saw a couple of performances too. Both times, we were in the very back of the hall.
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