Culture Sponge: An Edinburgh Fringe show review by Rowena Foulds
"rat 333 escapes the under ground and resurfaces in the delightfully macabre world of The Cupboard, a place of mystery, music and murder"Even the flyer for The Cupboard was nothing short of genius! The cleverly folded paper gave prospective audiences that few important seconds of insight into Turn The Key's show at the Edinburgh Fringe. After having timed our arrival perfectly we managed to bag the last pair of tickets to the only showing of the day, and upon entering the venues theatre we soon realised why there was so few tickets. The tiny theatre seated what couldn't have been more than 20 people, the room was hot from another performance, and being less than a meter away from the stage it seemed we were in for an incredibly intimate and close up performance. Upon entering the theatre, one of the actors was already in place on the stage. The character of a fraying knot.. With somewhat a huge array of physiological issues was cleverly positioned, cross legged on the floor playing a simple yet mysterious tune on an acoustic guitar.
No sooner had the last audience member sat in their seat, the play began. We were immediately introduced to Rat 333, the confused sewer rat who had left her family to try and find 'the big wide world (London)' but got clearly quite lost and stumbled upon The Cupboard. Then came the introduction of the inhabitants of the cupboard, a jumbled accumulation of random household and wardrobe items seemingly thrown into The Cupboard after outliving their use. The villain of the narrative is Rightie .. The sour old right footed boot clearly abandoned by her owner, and accomplice to Jack. Rightie provides the gothic nature to the performance. Cuckoo the overly pompous puppet clock is also played by the same actress as Rightie, showing a delightfully refreshing versatility in her talents.
Along side most new twists in this dark comedy came a new song sang by The Cupboard gang including Sal the Sack, and Sweep with the upmost energy and enthusiasm. The play is also made a little more light hearted as various musical numbers were accompanied by hilarious puppet characters played by the characters themselves. The set and costume of The Cupboard show the glimpses of the children's show-esque nature to the play, and as a result the sinister themes are made more apparent.
The Cupboard sheds a new light into the underworld of thrown away items and the antics that these items may or may not get up to. It shows that your new friends may not be as delightfully welcoming as they seem. The Cupboard is definitely worth a watch if you ever get the chance.
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